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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 10:11 p.m., Friday, April 21, 2006

Hawaii shuts out New Mexico State, 6-0

By Stacy Kaneshiro
Advertiser Staff Writer

Steven Wright pitched three-hit ball over seven innings, and Luis Avila drove in three runs with a double, to lead Hawaii over New Mexico State, 6-0, Friday night in the opener of a Western Athletic Conference baseball series before 1,448 at Les Murakami Stadium.

Wright (7-2) allowed no runs, struck out 11, and walked only two for the Rainbows (28-11 overall, 6-5 WAC). Tyler Davis added two scoreless innings of relief.

Kyle McFadden (1-5) was charged with four runs, six hits and five walks with five strikeouts for the Aggies (14-27, 1-9).

Hawaii wasted little time getting on the board. Derek DuPree led off the first with a walk, Jon Hee was hit by a pitch, and Justin Frash walked to load the bases. Avila's sacrifice fly to left to score DuPree to make it 1-0. A wild pitch put runners at second and third, but Matt Inouye struck out and Esteban Lopez grounded out to third to leave the runners stranded.

The Rainbows added three in the fifth, all with two outs. Frash singled to third and took second on a passed ball before Avila walked. Inouye followed with an RBI single to left-center that sent Avila to third. After Inouye stole second, Lopez grounded a two-run double down the left-field line to make it 4-0 against McFadden.

The Rainbows scored against Beto Romo in the eighth on Avila's two out, two-run single with the bases loaded to make it 6-0.