Tech Handles New Mexico, 14-7|
April 11, 2006
LUBBOCk, Texas - Freshman right fielder James Leverton hit three doubles and added two RBI to lead Texas Tech to a 14-7 win over the New Mexico Lobos on Tuesday afternoon at Dan Law Field.
The win pushes Texas Tech's overall record to 24-13 and extends the Red Raiders' win streak to six games over the Lobos. New Mexico falls to 20-12 and has not won a game at Dan Law Field since the 2003 season.
A leadoff double by senior third baseman Joey Callender in the bottom of the first led to the Red Raiders' first run of the game. New Mexico first baseman Chris Carlson misplayed a hard hit ball by Roger Kieschnick and that error allowed Callender to score from second.
New Mexico took a 2-1 lead in the top of the fourth when Tech pulled starter Josh Tomlin following the conclusion of the third inning. The Lobos rocked Tech reliever Carleton Hargrove as he gave up solo home runs to Carlson and Matt Foote and only recorded two outs before being replaced by redshirt freshman Brian Cloud.
The Red Raiders came firing back in the bottom of the fifth as Tech plated four runs on six hits and regained the lead at 5-2. Kieschnick delivered a two-RBI double in the frame and went on to finish the afternoon 2-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored.
New Mexico scored its first five runs of the game on home run balls but the Lobos biggest hit of the game came in top of the seventh when designated hitter Daniel Stovall hit a bases loaded RBI single that gave them a 7-6 lead.
Trailing by one run in the bottom half of the seventh, the Tech offense went to work by scoring five runs on five hits and took advantage of two key New Mexico defensive errors. Kyle Martin picked up a two-RBI single in the frame and went on to finish with a game-high three RBI.
Aaron Odom picked up the win for Texas Tech by pitching the final three innings in relief and allowed one run on two hits while striking out two. Brandon Hewett took the loss for New Mexico by surrendering five runs on four hits in 1 1/3 innings of relief work.
Texas Tech returns to Big 12 play on Thursday evening as the Red Raiders will play host to the Kansas State Wildcats for a three-game series. First pitch on Thursday and Friday night's are set for 6:30 p.m. while Saturday's series finale is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tickets for the series are available and can be purchased by calling the Texas Tech Athletics Ticket Office at (806) 742-TECH or online www.texastech.com.