Red Raiders Lose Lead, Fall 7-6 to New Mexico State|
March 27, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech had its eight-game midweek winning streak snapped with a 7-6 loss against New Mexico State on Tuesday evening at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park. The midweek winning streak dated back to last season.
Texas Tech (15-11) held a 6-5 lead going into the ninth inning before New Mexico State (22-8) started the inning with a single and a walk, which both moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt. Zach Voight then hit a sacrifice fly to right field to tie the game, 6-6. One batter later, Zac Fisher scored the game-winning run with a single to left-center field giving the Aggies the win.
Texas Tech reliever Trey Masek (1-3) suffered the loss allowing the game-winning run on one hit and a walk with one strikeout. NMSU reliever Tyler Mack (2-1) earned the win pitching 1.1 scoreless innings with three strikeouts and closer Scott Coffman pitched a perfect ninth inning with three strikeouts to notch his fifth save of the season.
New Mexico State led twice while Texas Tech grabbed the lead on three occasions during the opening six frames. With the score tied at five in the bottom of the sixth, Tech freshman shortstop Tim Proudfoot doubled off the left-field wall to score left fielder Brennan Moore to give the Red Raiders a 6-5 advantage.
Neither team scored in the seventh or eighth inning while the Aggies plated two runs in the ninth.
The Red Raiders left 12 runners on base, including runners in scoring position in the third, fourth, sixth, seventh and eighth innings.
Junior second baseman Jamodrick McGruder led Texas Tech at the plate going 3-for-4 with two RBI, a double and a run scored with a walk. Junior center fielder Barrett Barnes hit his team-leading sixth home run of the season - 30th of his career - with a solo shot in the fifth inning over the center field wall. Barnes finished the game going 2-for-3.
Moore also finished with a multi-hit game for the second straight contest going 2-for-3 with two runs scored. McGruder is now batting .650 (13-for-20) over his last five games played.
The Red Raiders used six pitchers in the game, including starting pitcher Brannon Easterling who went three innings with two strikeouts while allowing one run on two hits in his second start of the season.
The Red Raiders will be back in Big 12 action this weekend with a three-game series at Kansas, March 30-April 1, with the series starting Friday (6 p.m.) and continuing on Saturday (2 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.) from Hoglund Ballpark.