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New Mexico State rallies to beat Hawaii in the ninth inning

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Michael Paulson hit the game-tying two-run single and Daniel Kennon drove in the winning runs with a two-out single as New Mexico State rallied with four runs in the top of the ninth inning to beat Hawaii 6-5 on Thursday night at Les Murakami Stadium.

Hawaii (7-14) has lost nine of 11 and lost its third game of the season when leading after seven innings.

Despite giving up a career-high eight hits and five walks, Hawaii starter L.J. Brewster failed to give up a run to lower his ERA to 1.83.

Junior Cody Culp, who has four saves this season, allowed a pinch hit two-run homer to Cameron Haskins in the eighth inning and gave up three singles to load the bases in the ninth.

Culp (0-2) was replaced by Andrew Jones, who gave up the hits to Paulson and Kennon.

Eric Ramirez went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and Chayce Ka’aua doubled and scored for Hawaii, which finished with nine hits.

Both teams combined to leave 28 runners on base.

Hawaii left 15 runners on base and was 1-for-12 with men in scoring position.

Kaeo Aliviado hit a two-out RBI triple in the bottom of the ninth but was stranded at third when J.J. Kitaoka grounded out to short.

Matt Stein (1-0) got the win and Billy Conrad earned the first save of the season for Aggies (3-15-1).

The series continues Friday night at 6:35. Right-hander Tyler Brashears (3-2, 2.59 ERA) will get the start for the Rainbow Warriors.

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