LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team defeated Hawai'i Friday evening at Presley Askew Field, 18-8 in seven innings. The Aggies move to 34-21 overall and 9-14 in WAC play, while Hawai'i is now 31-23 on the year and 16-7 in conference.
The Aggies recorded 18 runs on 17 hits with 17 RBI on the night. Zac Fisher led the Aggies going 3-of-5 at the plate with three RBI, including a home run. Tyler Forney was also 3-of-5, scoring two runs and driving in three. Tanner Waite also had a solid day, going 4-for-4 with five runs driven in.
Tyler Mack took the win for the Aggies, throwing six inning, allowing eight runs on nine hits with five strike outs. Scott Coffman pitched the seventh inning for the Aggies, mowing down all three Rainbow batters.
The Rainbows opened the game by taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, recording two hits. Tanner Waite hit a single up the middle with one out to get the Aggies on the bases. Ryan Aguayo would then walk with two outs to put runners at first and second. But Zac Fisher would ground out to second ending the Aggie threat, as Hawai'i led 1-0 after one.
Hawai'i quick pushed their lead to 4-0 with back-to-back homeruns, both to right field with no outs on the board in the top of the second. With two outs the Rainbows loaded the bases with the fourth walk on the inning. But Tyler Mack forced the Hawai'i batter to fly out to center field to end the inning but not before the Rainbow took the 4-0 lead.
In the bottom of the second, Zachary Voight smashed a triple off the right field wall with two outs in the inning. Argenis Paz then walked to put runners at the corners. Wesley Starkes then hit a single to left to score Voight from third and advance Paz to second with two outs, as NM State got on the board. Waite then walked to load the bases but Parker Hipp crushed a line drive to center field to end the Aggie threat, as Hawai'i continued to lead 4-1 after two innings.
In the top of the third, Hawai'i went down 1-2-3. Aguayo singled to lead off the inning before Fisher stepped to the plate and cracked his eighth home run of the season to bring the score to 4-3, Hawai'i with no outs. Bryan Karraker then hit a single to right field and was pushed home by Tyler Forney, who double off the wall to tie the game at 4 all still with no outs. The Aggies then loaded the bases after an error by the shortstop and a bunt single. Hawai'i then made a pitching change and immediately walked Starkes to allow a run to cross home plate to give NM State a 5-4 lead. Waite then hit a slow single to right field, scoring two more runs to move the score to 8-4. The Aggies then hit into a double play for the first two outs of the inning but Waite advanced from second to third. Fisher then smacked a double to score Waite from third. The Aggies would add five more runs to take a 14-4 lead with 10 hits in the inning.
Hawai'i would cut into the Aggies lead in the top of the fourth with four runs on two base hits, as NM State held on to a 14-8 lead after three and a half. In the bottom of the inning the Aggies went down 1-2-3 as the Aggies held a 14-8 lead going into the fifth inning.
In the top of the fifth the Aggie defense put away the Rainbows, as Hawai'i went down in order. Forney would lead off the bottom of the inning for the Aggies, reaching first on an error by the third baseman. He was then thrown out at second on a fielder's choice, as Voight reached first. Paz then hit a single and advanced Voight to third with just one out. Paz then stole second to put two runners in scoring position. Starkes then struck out for the second out of the inning. A wild pitch allowed Voight to score from third and Paz to advance to third. Waite then hit a single to left, scoring Paz from third to move the Aggies' lead to 16-8. Hipp then grounded out to the shortstop to end the inning.
For the second straight inning the Aggie defense put down the Rainbow batters 1-2-3. In the bottom of the sixth, Aguayo led off with a walk. Fisher then singled to left center to put runners at first and second. Karraker hit into a fielder's choice and Aguayo was forced out at third. Forney then hit a single to left to score Fisher from second as NM State extended their lead to 17-8 with one out. Voight then struck out for the second out of the inning. Paz then walked to load the bases. Starkes then walked and allowed Karraker to walk in from third to move the score to 18-8, as the bases remained loaded. Perkins then stepped the plate as a pinch hitter and struck out swinging but not before the Aggies extended their lead to 18-8, going to the top of the seventh.
Scott Coffman took the mound in the top of the seventh to try and close out the Rainbows. Two ground outs and a strike out by Coffman, ended the inning and the game as NM State defeated Hawai'i, 18-8 in seven.
The Aggies will wrap up the regular season tomorrow in the final game of the series with Hawai'i beginning at 1:05 p.m. at Presley Askew Field.