Aggies gain split with rout of Rainbows


POSTED: Monday, April 27, 2009

The most impressive thing about New Mexico State's 20 runs scored yesterday is the Aggies only needed six innings to do it.

Bryan Marquez finished 4-for-4 with four runs and four RBIs, and New Mexico State became the first team to score at least 20 runs in a game against Hawaii in 12 years in a 20-9 seven-inning blowout of the 20th-ranked Rainbows at Presley Askew Field in Las Cruces, N.M.

Wade Reynoso went 3-for-5 with two doubles and five RBIs as the Aggies (34-10, 9-7 Western Athletic Conference) earned a split of their four-game series against the Rainbows (26-16, 9-6).

Hawaii is percentage points behind Nevada for the league lead, while the Aggies sit a half-game out after their sixth game of at least 20 runs scored this year.

“;This puts us back a half-game behind Hawaii for the conference lead and we're in a position now where we still have a chance to win this league,”; New Mexico State coach Rocky Ward said.

New Mexico State scored 53 runs in the four-game series and saved its best performance for last.

The Aggies jumped all over UH starter Alex Capaul, touching him for six runs in 1 1/3 innings. Jesse Moore replaced Capaul in the second inning, but couldn't record an out before Connor Little took over.

By the time the second inning was done, the Aggies had already scored 10 runs.

“;We got the game started with a bang,”; Ward said. “;We scored 10 runs in the first two innings and kind of took the wind out of their dugout.”;

New Mexico State finished with 18 hits and scored in five of the six innings it came to bat.

Sebastian Vendette picked up the win for the Aggies, allowing five runs on seven hits in six innings while walking four and striking out seven.

The Rainbows hadn't allowed 20 runs or more in a game since San Jose State put 23 runs on the board against Hawaii on February 28, 1998.

Vinnie Catricala homered and scored three runs and Kolten Wong went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored to extend his hitting streak to 16 games.

Hawaii begins its final WAC homestand Thursday against Louisiana Tech.


NMSU 20,Hawaii 9

Garcia ss5030Farnham c3321
Montplaisir lf3100Shaver rf4311
Catricala 3b1311Sodders dh5132
Macdonald 1b4221Decater pr/dh0100
Wong cf4231Marquez ss4444
Hernandez c2012Aguirre lf3210
Fujii1112Harty 1b4225
Van Doornum dh2000Reynoso 3b5135
Chevalier2000Perkins cf3211
Morford 2b2000Taylor ph/cf1000
Hoey ph/2b2011Lucero 2b4110
Roquemore rf4010 
Totals329138Totals3620 1819

Hawaii1030104 9132
NMSU460613x 20181

E—Garcia 2; Vendette. DP—NMSU 2. LOB—Hawaii 7; MNSU 7. 2B—Macdonald; Wong; Sodders; Marquez; Reynoso 2. 3B—Garcia; Farnham. HR—Catricala; Shaver; Harty 2. HBP—Montplaisir; Marquez. SH—Lucero. SF—Harty. SB—Farnham.

Capaul (L, 1-3)1 1/346621
Davis1 2/389512
Vendette (W, 5-4)675447

Umpires—Jason Venzon (Plate); Patrick Riley (First); Dave Natalie (Third).
T—3:00. A—N/A.


WAC Standings

San Jose State75.5831/229-14
New Mexico State97.5621/234-10
Sacramento State56.455224-17
Louisiana Tech69.400320-19
Fresno State48.3333 1/220-22

New Mexico State 20, Hawaii 9
San Jose State 6, Fresno State 5
Sacramento State 8, Lousiana Tech 6
Nevada 13, Cal State Bakersfield 6
Louisiana Tech at Sacramento State