LAS CRUCES, New Mexico (HawaiiNewsNow) – The University of Hawai'i baseball team split a doubleheader with New Mexico State. The first-place Rainbows (31-22, 16-6) fell to the Aggies (33-21, 8-14) 15-4 in game one but took the night cap, 14-4.
The 'Bows were no match for NMSU in game one. Matt Sisto (4-5) allowed seven runs in 1.2 innings.
Jeff Van Doornum led UH at the plate, hitting 2-3 with one run and two RBI including a solo homerun in the fourth inning.
Tanner Rust led NMSU batting 3-3 with four RBI and one run, and Tanner Waite (1-3, 2 R, 2 RBI) and Zach Voight (1-2, 2 R, 2 RBI) both homered.
In the nightcap, UH flipped the script, outslugging the NMSU 14-4. The 'Bows scored 12 of their runs in third, fourth, and fifth. Kolten Wong batted 3-4 with three runs and four RBI, with Bennett hitting 3-4 with one run and three RBI including two doubles.
Jarrett Arakawa pitched four innings before leaving with UH comfortably ahead. Blair Walters (7-2) would end up earning the win, tossing five shutout innings with five strikeouts. Dan Reid (7-4) received the loss allowing 12 earned runs in 4.2 innings of work.
With wins in the final two games of the series, the Rainbows will win the WAC regular season outright and claim the No. 1 seed in the WAC Tournament. Game three of the series is set for Friday, May 20, at 6:05 MST (2:05 p.m. HST).
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