New Mexico Upsets Texas Tech 7-6 in Baseball Season Opener
Game two at New Mexico cancelled because of weather.
Feb. 3, 1998
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - New Mexico defeated Texas Tech 7-6 in the Red Raiders' season opener on Tuesday, Feb. 3 at Lobo Field in Albuquerque, N.M. Game two on Wednesday, Feb. 4, was cancelled due to cold and snowy weather conditions.
New Mexico (1-3) broke a 6-6 tie in the bottom of the ninth inning on a pinch hit single by Mason Carter. The hit drove home Brad Larsen, who reached second on a double.
Texas Tech (0-1) came back from a 5-3 deficit with a seventh inning solo home run by shortstop Junior Rodriguez. Tech grabbed a 6-5 lead with two runs in the eighth when second baseman Kevin Jordan drove in a run on a triple and pinch hitter Joe Smith nailed an RBI single. Lefty Zach Stewart pitched a 4.0 innings and allowed only two runs in that span while relieving starter Shane Wright. Brad Ralston earned the loss in his first action of the season.
The Red Raiders jumped on top 3-0 on a two-run home run by Jason Landreth in the second inning and a New Mexico error in the third inning. New Mexico rallied back with three runs in the third inning and added runs in the fourth and sixh innings to go up 5-3.
The loss marks the second time in a row and third time in four years that Texas Tech has begun a season with a loss. Last season, the Red Raiders dropped an 11-1 game to Texas Christian. Tech recovered to finish 46-14. The Red Raiders are next in action this weekend for a three-game series at home against West Texas A&M. Game times for the series are 3 p.m. (Fri. Feb. 6), noon (Sat. Feb. 7), 2 p.m. (Sun. Feb. 8).