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Ventimilia sparks Hawaii’s offense in win over New Mexico State

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Stephen Ventimilia had two of Hawaii’s 12 hits in his first game back from a knee injury and the Rainbow Warriors earned a series split against New Mexico State with a 12-1 victory on Sunday afternoon at Les Murakami Stadium.

Six different starters had two hits for Hawaii (9-15), which got another outstanding start from senior Jarrett Arakawa.

Arakawa (1-0) extended his scoreless innings streak to 10 and allowed only one hit over five frames with four strikeouts.

Matt Valencia struck out six in three innings of relief and Lawrence Chew finished off the ninth allowing the Aggies’ only run.

Eric Ramirez went 2-for-3 with three runs scored and J.J. Kitaoka was 2-for-4 with a career-high four RBIs.

Marcus Doi added two hits and scored a run and Ventimilia finished 2-for-3 with a walk, double and an RBI in his first action since missing the last 13 games.

Trey Higginbotham (0-3) lasted 3 2/3 innings and allowed three runs on three hits to take the loss for the Aggies (4-17-1).

Hawaii hits the road for a single game at Loyola Marymount on Wednesday before starting Big West Conference play at UC Irvine on Friday.

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