Capps Lifts Tech To Extra-Inning Win Over New Mexico|
Feb. 14, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Senior center fielder Brian Capps laced a two-out RBI single in the top of the 10th inning to help Texas Tech end a three-game losing streak with an 8-7 win over New Mexico on Tuesday afternoon at Isotopes Park.
Texas Tech (4-3) grabbed an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning on an RBI sacrifice fly by Matt Smith and an RBI single from Roger Kieschnick. Tech got the bases loaded in the inning on three hits and took advantage of two walks by New Mexico starter Bobby Moore.
The Lobos weren't going to let Tech take the spotlight as New Mexico answered the Red Raiders with four runs in their half of the first. Daniel Stovall plated the first two runs of the game when he belted a two-run home run that went off the scoreboard in deep left center field. The home run was the first one hit this season by the Lobos. Catcher Zach Arnett gave New Mexico the lead with a bases-clearing triple that went about 415 feet into right center field.
Another two-out two run dinger gave New Mexico a 6-2 lead in the bottom of the second. Designate hitter Chris Carlson belted his first home run of the year and plated teammate Jay Russell who reached first after being hit by Large.
Junior designated hitter Tyler Reves ended Tech's scoring drought in the top of the fifth when he laced an RBI single that allowed Callender to score from second.
Texas Tech put together a four-run inning in the seventh that that tied the game at 7-7. James Leverton got the Red Raiders rolling with a two-RBI single and Kieschnick got Tech within one with an RBI double to right field. Junior shortstop Kyle Martin picked up the game tying RBI with a hard hit single through the left side that scored Kieschnick from second.
Randy Gattis (1-0) picked up the win in relief for Texas Tech as he pitched the final 3 2/3 innings and retired 11 of the 12 batters that he faced. Chris Lankford fell to 1-1 on year after giving up one earned run on one hit in the ninth inning.
Texas Tech returns to action on Friday as the Red Raiders will play host to the St. John's Red Storm in a three-game series at Dan Law Field. First pitch on Friday is set for 3 p.m.