Red Raiders Drop New Mexico State, 8-4|
March 14, 2006
ROSWELL, N.M. - Freshman left fielder Roger Kieschnick went 2-for-4 with two RBI to help lead Texas Tech to its fourth straight win as the Red Raiders dropped New Mexico State 8-4 on Tuesday evening at New Mexico Military Institute Field in Roswell.
The win extends Texas Tech's win streak to four games and the Red Raiders (16-6) have now won seven of their last eight. New Mexico State falls to 10-12 overall and has lost five in a row.
Texas Tech jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first as the Tech offense cranked out four hits in the frame and got a pair of RBI singles from Matt Smith and Roger Kieschnick. A fielding error by New Mexico State first baseman Luke Hopkins on a groundball hit by Joey Callender, led to the final two Tech runs of the inning.
The Red Raiders tacked on pair of runs in the top of the third to extend their lead to 6-0. Both Tech runs in the inning were unearned due to a fielding error by third baseman Joseph Godinez. Kyle Martin drove in Tech's only run in the inning when he drove an 0-2 pitch into left field that allowed James Leverton to score from second.
New Mexico State's Luke Hopkins, the national leader in home runs and RBI, drove in his 51st RBI of the season with two outs in the bottom of the third when he laced a single into left field that scored Jason Long. Long reached on a one-out walk by Tech reliever Dustin Richardson and moved into scoring position on a groundout by Abe Aguirre.
New Mexico State plated two runs in the bottom of the fourth and one in the fifth but the Tech pitching staff blanked the Aggies over the next four innings to seal the win.
Carleton Hargrove (2-0) earned the win for the Red Raiders in his first start of the season and pitched two shutout innings allowing one hit and struckout three. Brian Gausman took the loss for New Mexico State after giving up eight runs on 11 hits over five innings of work.
Texas Tech will open the Big 12 portion of its 2006 schedule this weekend as the Red Raiders host defending national champion Texas at Dan Law Field. The three-game series will get underway at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and tickets for all three-games are on sale through the Texas Tech Athletics Ticket Office or any area United Supermarkets/Select-A-Seat location.