HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- Garrett Champion doubled in the game's only run and four pitchers combined for the shutout as the University of Hawai'i baseball team clipped New Mexico State 1-0 in front of a sell out crowd at Les Murakami Stadium.
With the win, the Rainbows sweep the series and are now alone atop the Western Athletic Conference standings. Starter Scott Squier pitched 4.1 scoreless innings and David Longville (2-2) picked up the win in 2.2 innings of work.
Champion had a game-high two hits for the Rainbows, who recorded their first-ever sweep over the Aggies. Zack Swasey opened the fifth inning with a base hit, then came home on Champion's RBI-double which proved to be the lone and gamewinning run for UH.
Lawrence Chew pitched 1.2 innings before Brent Harrison came in to record the final out of the game for his team-high eighth save. New Mexico State came into the series ranked first in the nation with 9.1 runs per game, but managed just four total runs in three games against stingy Rainbow pitching.
Longville took the mound in the fifth inning, but not before Squier had loaded the bases with just one out. He would get Squier and the 'Bows out of the jam, forcing an infield pop up by Zach Voight and then recording the third out when Zac Fisher (1-4) flied out to Breland Almadova in centerfield. That proved to be the final scoring threat for the Aggies, as Rainbow pitching retired 14 straight batters to close the game.
4,581 tickets were issued in UH's third sellout of the season, with 3,315 fans pouring in through the turnstiles.
Hawai'i now travels to Sacramento State for its final WAC regular season road series. The Rainbows and Hornets begin their three-game set on Friday, May 11.
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