Late-inning heroics help No. 20 Hawaii earn a doubleheader split


POSTED: Sunday, April 26, 2009

Greg Garcia singled home Jeff Van Doornum for the eventual game-winning run as No. 20 Hawaii barely avoided a sweep against New Mexico State yesterday, taking the second game 8-7 in 10 innings at Presley Askew Field in Las Cruces, N.M.

The Aggies put the 10-run mercy rule into effect in the first game, winning 16-6 in eight innings. Hawaii (26-15, 9-5 Western Athletic Conference) remains a half-game up on Nevada, with the Aggies (33-10, 8-7) a game behind the Wolf Pack.

“;That was the biggest win of the season for us by far,”; Hawaii coach Mike Trapasso said. “;To ensure at least a split for us in this ballpark against this team is huge.”;

Kevin Macdonald became just the second Rainbow under Trapasso to hit at least 10 home runs in a season with a grand slam in the first game. But his big hit of the day came with Hawaii trailing 7-5 in the nightcap and two outs in the ninth inning.

With Sean Montplaisir on second after a one-out double, Macdonald drilled his team-leading 11th home run of the season to send the game into extra innings.

“;The timing couldn't have been any better,”; Trapasso said. “;He's carrying us.”;

The Rainbows went ahead on Garcia's single in the top of the 10th and Jared Alexander, who was originally scheduled to start today's series finale, worked his way out of a jam in the bottom of the inning to earn the win.

“;It was all or nothing,”; Trapasso said. “;We knew that he was scheduled to be tomorrow's starter, but to win that game and ensure that split, we had to roll the dice.

“;If we win it was a good move and if we lose it and we've lost our starter for game four then it's crazy.”;

Kolten Wong had hits in both games to extend his streak to 15 games, while Macdonald has blasted seven home runs in his last eight games.

Trapasso hadn't decided on a starter for today's game at 9:05 a.m. Alexander and reliever Sam Spangler are available for “;an inning or two”; and sophomore Alex Capaul and freshman Jesse Moore should also be in the mix to pitch.

WAC Standings

Hawaii95.643 26-15
Nevada74.636 1/220-20
San Jose State65.545 1 1/228-14
New Mexico State87.533 1 1/233-10
Sacramento State46.400 323-17
Fresno State47.364 3 1/220-21
Louisiana Tech59.357 420-18

New Mexico State 16, Hawaii 6
Hawaii 8, New Mexico State 7
Fresno State 8, San Jose State 2
San Jose State 2, Fresno State 0
Sacramento State 8, Louisiana Tech 6
Nevada 9, Cal State Bakersfield 4

at New Mexico State, 9:05 a.m.
Fresno State at San Jose State
Louisiana Tech at Sacramento State
Cal State Bakersfield at Nevada

Louisiana Tech at Sacramento State

NMSU 16, Hawaii 6

Garcia ss4120Farnham c6334
Montplaisir lf4121Shaver rf5334
Catricala 3b3100Sodders dh5020
Macdonald 1b4114Anderson pr0100
Wong cf4020Marquez ss3112
Hernandez c4000Aguirre lf4221
Johnson rf4010Harty 1b5122
Van Doornum dh3121Reynoso 3b5112
Morford 2b4110Perkins cf4120
     Decater cf1110
     Lucero 2b3210

Hawaii00000051 6111
NMSU02140108 16180

E—Catricala. DP—NMSU 1. LOB—Hawaii 7; MNSU 7. 2B—Wong; Aguirre; Perkins. HR—Macdonald; Van Doornum; Farnham 2; Shaver 2; Marquez; Harty; Reynoso. HBP—Lucero. CS—Lucero.

Sisto (L, 4-4)587632
Kuroda2 2/3109911
Jordan (W, 6-1)6 1/384436

Umpires—Patrick Riley (Plate); Dave Natalie (First); Jason Venzon (Third).


Hawaii 8, NMSU 7

Garcia ss5012Farnham c5121
Montplaisir lf5230Shaver rf5121
Catricala 3b6121Marquez ss5122
Macdonald 1b6123Aguirre dh6141
Wong cf5010Jordan 1b3011
Hernandez c3000Anderson pr1100
Johnson rf4210Howard c5121
Van Doornum dh4110Reynoso 3b4110
Morford 2b4122Schneider 2b2010
     Decater cf2000
     Harty ph1000
     Lucero cf2000
     Sodders ph1000
     Taylor 2b1000

Hawaii110200102 1 8130
NMSU000000070 0 7150

DP—Hawaii 1. LOB—Hawaii 11; MNSU 12. 2B—Montplaisir; Wong; Howard; Reynoso. HR—Catricala; Macdonald; Morford. HBP—Hernandez; Lucero. SH—Morford. SB—Garcia; Farnham.

Alexander (W, 2-1)21/350002
Wilson (L, 2-2)121111 

Umpires—Dave Natalie (Plate); Jason Venzon (First); Patrick Riley (Third).