Bo Altobelli Goes 4-for-5 in Red Raiders Loss to Lobos|
April 17, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech opened its midweek series with New Mexico with a 10-3 loss, despite junior catcher Bo Altobelli going 4-for-5 with a double and a run scored Tuesday night at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
The Red Raiders (22-16) suffered just their second midweek loss of the season while matching the Lobos with 12 base hits. New Mexico improved to 18-18 overall on the season while outscoring Tech 8-1 in the middle innings.
Tech junior left-handed pitcher Rusty Shellhorn (4-2) took the loss pitching five innings with two strikeouts while giving up six runs on six hits with two walks allowed. Shellhorn started the game pitching three perfect innings before the Lobos plated two runs in the fourth and four runs in the fifth.
Lobos starting pitcher Rudy Jaramillo (3-3) earned the win pitching five innings while scattering six hits with one run allowed and two strikeouts with one walk.
Altobelli tallied his second career four-hit game with a double to left field in the second, a bunt single down the third-base line in the fourth, a single to center field in the sixth and with a single to left-center field in the eighth. He was the only Red Raider to finish with a multi-hit game.
Tech followed the Lobos two-run fourth inning with its first run of the game on Bryant Burleson's sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Altobelli to make the score 2-1.
The Lobos came right back and produced four runs in fifth on three base hits and two walks (one intentional). A lead-off walk and a pair of RBI singles followed in the sixth for New Mexico, giving the Lobos an 8-1 lead.
New Mexico tacked on two runs in the seventh before the Red Raiders plated a run in the eighth on junior right fielder Nick Hanslik's nine-pitch, bases loaded walk, and a run in the bottom of the ninth on junior center fielder Barrett Barnes' RBI double to left-center field.
Barnes' double extended his current hitting streak to nine games, which is the longest active hit streak by a Red Raider.
Texas Tech and New Mexico will complete their midweek series on Wednesday with a 1 p.m. first pitch at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park. The game will also conclude Tech's 10-game homestand, its longest of the season.