Texas Tech Falls in Midweek Road Game at New Mexico|
Gutierrez hit singles in the fourth and sixth innings
April 2, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Texas Tech opened a five-game road trip on Tuesday with a 10-3 loss at New Mexico during non-conference midweek action at Lobo Field.
Texas Tech drops to 17-14 overall while New Mexico improved to 14-14 on the season.
The Red Raiders were held to just three base hits - two of which came from freshman first baseman Eric Gutierrez while sophomore center fielder Brett Bell had the other base hit going 1-for-4 with two stolen bases.
New Mexico scored at least one run in each of the first five innings of the game and had three pitchers combine for nine strikeout allowing just three hits. Tech's three base hits marked its fewest in a non-conference road game since 2009 (at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 2).
Freshman right-handed pitcher Matt Custred (1-1) made his first career start while taking the loss going 3.1 innings allowing seven runs (6 ER) on six hits with four strikeouts and four walks.
New Mexico starting pitcher Drew Bridges (1-1) earned the win pitching five innings allowing two runs on just two hits with three strikeouts and two walks allowed.
Trailing 3-0 in the third inning, Tech scored its first run of the game on sophomore catcher Elliot Richoux' sacrifice fly to left field.
In the sixth inning, trailing 8-1, Tech pushed across two runs on three walks, a hit-by-pitch and one hit in the frame. Junior third baseman Jake Barrios walked with the bases loaded to score right fielder Devon Conley (hit-by-pitch) and a batter later sophomore second baseman Bryant Burleson drove in Gutierrez (singled) with an RBI fielder's choice grounder to make the score 8-3.
New Mexico added two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. The Lobos out-hit the Red Raiders, 12-3, while each team committed one error.
Texas Tech will continue its five-game road trip this weekend with a Big 12 Conference three-game series at Kansas State, April 5-7, at Tointon Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kan. The Red Raiders and Wildcats will open their conference series on Friday, April 5, at 6:30 p.m. with a FOX College Sports televised broadcast.