Tech Falls To New Mexico 15-13|
Feb. 6, 2007
LUBBOCK, Texas - New Mexico used six home runs to snap an eight-game losing streak to Texas Tech as the Lobos dropped the Red Raiders 15-13 on Tuesday afternoon at Dan Law Field.
The loss drops Tech to 1-2 on the season while New Mexico improves to 1-0. The Red Raiders return to action on Friday at 3 p.m. as Tech will face Northwestern in the first game of the Red Raider Classic.
New Mexico didn't waste any jumping out to the lead as leadoff hitter Matt Foote deposited the third pitch of the ballgame over the left field fence to give the Lobos a 1-0 lead. With the bases loaded, third baseman Ian Hollick and designated hitter Matt Hibbitts notched a pair of sacrifice flies to push the UNM lead to 3-0.
Sophomore right fielder Roger Kieschnick put the Red Raiders on the board in the bottom half of the first when he belted a solo home run to left field. The home run marked his first of the season.
Jordan Pacheco extended the New Mexico lead back to three runs when he hit a towering home run in the top of the third that cleared the green monster in center field.
After falling behind 6-1 in the top of the fourth, the Red Raiders plated three runs in the bottom half of the frame to pull within two. Junior catcher Matt Smith picked up his first hit of the season in the inning and the Red Raiders took advantage of two walks and a hit batter.
Trailing 7-4 in the bottom of the fifth, the Texas Tech bats came to life as three Red Raiders hit their first home runs of the season. Junior catcher Matt Smith belted a two-run home run while freshmen Taylor Ashby and Chris Hall hit back-to-back solo home runs to give Tech an 8-7 lead.
The Tech lead didn't last long as the Lobos plated two runs on a failed double play attempt to take a 9-8 lead. Tech reliever James Leverton came in relief and induced Jay Russell into what should have been an inning-ending double play but shortstop Kyle Martin's throw was high to first and that allowed two runs to score.
New Mexico put the game out of reach with a three-run seventh inning. The Lobos got a pair of home runs from Hibbitts and Drew McDonald to push the lead to 12-8. UNM tacked on three more runs in the top of the eighth make the score 15-8.
The Red Raiders plated four runs in the bottom half of the eighth thanks to three doubles by Kieschnick, Byrns and Hall. The rally didn't get Tech far enough as the Red Raiders plated one run in the bottom of the ninth and had the tying run at the plate but Matt Smith flew out to right to end the game.