Six-Run Sixth Gives Red Raiders Midweek Sweep Over New Mexico
April 13, 2011
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Texas Tech used a six-run sixth inning to sweep New Mexico in a midweek series with a 7-6 win on Wednesday afternoon at Isotopes Park.
Freshman Mason Randolph and junior Kelby Tomlinson each had a pair of RBI to lead Texas Tech (22-13) to its sixth consecutive midweek win - the most since 2001. New Mexico drops to 10-24 overall on the season.
Trailing 3-1 in the top of the sixth inning, Texas Tech had eight of nine batters reach base safely with four walks and four straight base hits to plate six runs while sending 10 batters to the plate in the inning. Each of Tech's six runs in the inning were scored with two outs.
New Mexico sent its fourth pitcher to the mound to start the sixth inning and Tech followed with two straight walks to Jamodrick McGruder and Nick Popescu before Barrett Barnes grounded into a double play, advancing McGruder to third base.
Freshmen Andre Wheeler and Mason Randolph followed with RBI base hits. Wheeler hit a one-run single up the middle before Randolph hit his second double of the game to score two runs, giving Tech a 6-3 advantage.
The Red Raiders weren't finished as Reid Redman, who earlier took away a double in the third inning with a diving play towards the third base line, singled home Tech's final run in the sixth with a double to right field giving Tech a 7-3 lead.
McGruder would tally Tech's final base hit of the game with a single to center field in the ninth while Jerad McCrummen (2.0 IP), Zach Fowler (1.0 IP) and Aaron Corwin (1.0 IP) secured the win out of the Red Raider bullpen.
Duke von Schamann (2-0) earned his second win of the season - his first in a relief role - by pitching three innings and allowing one run and three hits with two strikeouts from the third to sixth inning.
Freshman Aaron Corwin pitched a perfect ninth inning to nail down his first career save.
Randolph became the first Tech player this season to hit two doubles in a game twice, as he finished 2-for-4 with two RBI. Jamodrick McGruder reached base safely for the 38th consecutive game going 1-for-3 with two runs scored.
Texas Tech continues its nine-game road trip this weekend traveling to play No. 4 Texas (25-8, 9-3 BIG 12) for a Friday (6 p.m.), Saturday (2 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.) series at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.