LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team lost in the finale of a four game set with the Hawaii Rainbows by the score of 24-3. The teams split the series at two games apiece.
The Hawaii Rainbows began the game with three runs on four hits in the top of the first to take an early 3-0 lead over NM State. The Aggies responded by loading the bases on a walk to Wesley Starkes and singles by Chace Perkins and Ryan Aguayo in the bottom of the first, but after a line drive double play ball to second by Ryan Clark the Aggies failed to score a run.
Hawaii continued the scoring in the top of the second after an RBI double by Pi'ikea Kitamura that scored Breland Almadova from second after he reached on a fielder's choice and stole second base to make the score 4-0.
After both teams went scoreless in the third inning, the Rainbows added three more runs in the top of the fourth on a n RBI single by Zack Swasey, a sacrifice fly by Collin Bennett, and a RBI single by Jeffrey Van Doornum to make the score 7-0 Hawaii.
NM State finally got on the board in the bottom of the fourth after Hawaii starting pitcher Randy Yard walked in Argenis Paz with the bases loaded who reached on a single to left. The Rainbows replaced Yard with reliever Connor Little after the walk to Paz, who got out of the bases loaded jam to keep the score 7-1 after four innings of play.
Hawaii continued their scoring onslaught in the top of the fifth by adding a run on a sacrifice fly by Kitamura. Kitamura scored Garrett Champion who reached on a Justin Cooper walk to make the score 8-1 after 5 1/2 innings of play.
After the Aggies went scoreless in the bottom of the fifth, Hawaii exploded for 15 runs in the top of the sixth to take a commanding 23-1 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth.
In the bottom of the sixth the Aggies added two runs on an error by Hawaii second baseman Kolten Wong to make the score 23-3. Hawaii added a solo homerun in the top of the seventh for the final score of 24-3.
Trey Ross took the loss for the Aggies to drop his overall record to 6-4.
The Aggies will now travel to Mesa, Ariz., May 26-29 for the WAC Tournament.