HONOLULU - The New Mexico State baseball team (30-15, 7-2 WAC) fell to the University of Hawai'i, 5-2 at Les Murakami Stadium in Honolulu, Hawai'i, Thursday, May 3.
The starting pitcher for the Rainbows, Matt Sisto, threw well for his team striking four Aggie batters, giving up five hits, while allowing only one run to cross the plate in seven innings of work. NM State's starter Ryan Beck went seven and a third innings but he struck out eight Hawai'i batters, while walking only two and allowed five runs to score. Beck is now 4-4 on the year and has a team-high 85 strikeouts on the year and Sisto is 8-3 after tonight's game.
Hawai'i was the first to score as a runner crossed the plate on a wild pitch in the bottom of the second. The third and fourth innings were scoreless but the Rainbows scored three runs on three hits and two hit batters in the bottom of the fifth, although the Aggies kept fighting as the Aggie pitching staff allowed only one more run to score.
NM State scored its first run in the top of the seventh when sophomore first baseman hammered a triple off the right-field wall to bring in senior Kurt Snowley, who reached base on a single to right. The other run came in the ninth on a lead-off solo home run by junior catcher Zac Fisher, who now has five home runs on the year.
The Aggies take on Hawaii in game two of the series, Friday, May 4 at 10:35p.m. (MT) with live stats available for free at www.NMStateSports.com.