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Rainbows score dramatic walk-off victory

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    Hawaii runner Alex Baeza, fourth from right, celebrates his winning hit with teammates in the ninth inning of the Illinois State vs. Hawaii baseball game at Les Murakami Stadium on Friday.

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    Hawaii first baseman Eric Ramirez gathers in the ball before Illinois State runner Collin Braithwaite steps on the bag in the first inning.

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    Hawaii batter Chayce Ka’aua hits a 2 run scoring single in the seventh inning.

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    Hawaii runner Kekai Rios comes across home plate with the tying run on Alex Baeza’s hit to center field in the ninth inning.

On a windless Friday night, Alex Baeza energized Hawaii’s improbable 7-6 baseball victory over Illinois State. A crowd of 1,671 saw the ’Bows overcome deficits of 4-1, 4-3 and, entering the bottom of the ninth, 6-4. Read more

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