April 29, 1997
New Mexico State Upsets Texas Tech
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State rallied from a 10-6 deficit with a six-run fifth inning and held off Texas Tech in the eighth inning to down the Red Raiders 12-11 Tuesday. The Aggies now have upset the top-ranked team in the nation for the third time in four games at Presley Askew Field.
The Aggies (17-30) jumped on No. 1 Texas Tech (42-7) early, scoring four runs in the second and two more in the third before the Red Raiders exploded for seven fourth-inning runs. New Mexico State, however, took the lead for good with its six-run fifth inning.
The Red Raiders pitching staff had an overall rough day. David Therneau started on the mound and gave up six runs on five hits in 2 1/3 innings of work. Jimmy Hooper then came on in relief and gave up four runs (three earned) in two innings of work and Jimmy Frush gave up two in 3 2/3 innings on the mound. New Mexico State's Pete Miller (2-0) got the win, pitching five innings of two-run relief.
Texas Tech's offense was led by Brandon Buckley who went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Keith Ginter was the only other Red Raiders player with a multi-hit game, going 2-for-5 with four RBI, a run scored and his 16th home run of the season.
New Mexico State 12, Texas Tech 11
W: Miller L: Frush