Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.
HONOLULU, HI - The New Mexico State baseball team dropped a doubleheader to Hawai'i losing game one 7-3 and game two 2-1 in eight innings at Les Murakami Stadium, Friday, May 14.
The Aggie go to 35-19-1 overall and 13-9-1 in Western Athletic Conference play after the two losses. UH goes to 26-22 overall and 9-10 in league play with the final game of the series set for Sunday, May 16 at 5:00 p.m. (MT). The game will be broadcast on the
GAME ONE RECAP
It seemed as the Aggies had trouble picking up the ball in game one of the doubleheader as 17 batters stuck out in the 7-3 loss. The Aggies equaled the amount of hit that Hawai'i posted, however two passed balls and three wild pitches allowed the Rainbows to get into scoring position.
NM State tallied its three runs on seven hits while UH posted seven runs on seven hits and committed one error. The Aggies held a 1-0 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth with senior Nate Shaver scoring on an error by Hawai'i.
After a one run inning in the bottom the fourth by the Rainbows, the Aggies struggled on the mound hitting the first batter that came to the plate, two wild pitches, a passed ball and three walks.
Freshman starting pitcher Tyler Mack took the loss and goes to 6-1 on the year. He worked 4.2 innings and struck out three batters. Sam Spangler was the winning pitcher for the Rainbows taking his record to 3-6 this season.
GAME TWO RECAP
The Aggies fought throughout the game two and junior starting pitcher Dan Reid pitched well working 6.2 innings on the mound, striking out four batters, not walking a single Rainbow batter and giving up only one run. Reid was not given the loss after he exited the game in the seventh inning.
With the game tied at one all heading into the bottom of the eighth, Hawai'i hit a walk-off home run to end the game 2-1. The game was scheduled for seven innings of play after game one of the doubleheader went nine innings.
The Rainbows got on the board first taking a 1-0 lead in the second inning on a single to leftfield. The Aggies tied the game tied the game in the top of the third when senior Jared Jordan crossed the plate off a single by third baseman Joel Cardinal. Jordan reached base on a walk and advanced into scoring position on an error by the UH first baseman.
Freshman Zac Fisher reached base on an error by the UH second baseman in the seventh inning. Senior DJ Simon came in as a pinch runner and got to second base after Jordan walked, however both runners were left on base. That allowed the Rainbows get back to the plate and hit a walk-off homer to win the game.