Hawaii Claims Series Finale With Diamond Dogs

HONOLULU, Hawaii - Homestanding Hawai'i (6-6) built a 7-0 lead after three innings of play and went on to down Mississippi State (8-4) 11-5 in the final game of a four-game series between the teams.

UH opened the game with a single run in the first inning and put together a pair of three-run innings in the second and third frames to open a commanding 7-0 lead early on. State chipped away at that lead with four runs in the fourth and fifth innings combined, but opportunity was lost when the Bulldogs left the bases loaded in each frame.

The Rainbows added lone runs in both the fifth and sixth, and then a two-run home run by Kolten Wong in the seventh put an exclamation point on the victory for UH. MSU scored once more in the eighth inning on an RBI single by Brent Brownlee.

Starter Chad Crosswhite (0-1) took the loss for the Bulldogs, allowing seven runs (five earned) in two-plus innings of work. Josh Slaats (1-1) picked up the victory for the Rainbows in relief, allowing just one run and striking out five in 4 2/3 innings on the mound.

MSU was led at the plate by Jet Butler, who had three singles and an RBI. Ryan Duffy, Connor Powers, Ryan Powers and Brownlee also drove in a run each for the Diamond Dogs. Greg Garcia had three hits to lead Hawai'i. Wong, Shane Hoey and Matt Roquemore all drove in two Rainbow runs each.

State returns to action this Wednesday, March 11, with a day-night doubleheader against Valparaiso at Dudy Noble Field. Game 1 is set for 2:30 p.m. CT with the nightcap at 6:30 p.m. MSU then opens Southeastern Conference play next weekend with a three-game home series against South Carolina.

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