Texas Tech Takes Down New Mexico State, 6-1|
April 23, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech won its second straight game with a 6-1 midweek victory over New Mexico State on Tuesday at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
The Red Raiders are a perfect 4-0 at home in midweek action this season. Tech's (19-22) bullpen allowed one run on two hits in 4.2 innings while the Red Raider hitters had 10 base hits in the victory.
New Mexico State dropped to 23-19 overall while being held to 0-for-11 with runners on base in the game.
Red Raider reliever Andre Wheeler (4-1) won his team-leading fourth game of the season while pitching 1.2 innings and helping Tech escape a bases-loaded jam in the fifth inning with just one out.
New Mexico State starting pitcher Christopher Bradley (4-4) took the loss giving up four runs on eight hits, despite striking out seven and walking four batters.
Texas Tech freshman right-handed reliever Dalton Brown earned his first career save pitching the final 1.1 innings and striking out the side in the top of the ninth inning. Brown is the fourth Red Raider freshman this season to earn a save.
Tech wasted little time jumping on the board in the second inning as freshman designated hitter Jarrard Poteete reached on an infield single and later scored on a wild pitch to give Tech the 1-0 lead.
The following inning, Tech scored three runs as center fielder Brett Bell led off with a single - his second of three hits in the game - and later scored on a wild pitch. Right fielder Devon Conley doubled and came around to score on freshman first baseman Eric Gutierrez' sacrifice fly. Third baseman Jake Barrios also scored in the inning on sophomore second baseman Bryant Burleson's second double in as many innings to give Tech a 4-0 lead.
The Red Raiders added two runs in the eighth while Barrios drove in a run with an infield hit and Bell also scored on a throwing error by NMSU shortstop Alex Foulon.
Bell went 3-for-3 with two runs and two walks with his Big 12-leading 27th stolen bases of the season. He has now reached base safely in nine consecutive plate appearances dating back to Sunday's game against Kansas.
Conley went 2-for-5 with a double, Barrios went 2-for-5 with an RBI and Burleson went 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Tech starting pitcher Matt Withrow pitched 4.1 scoreless innings while tossing 94 pitches in his first scoreless start since March 3 (La Salle). He allowed four hits and three walks with one strikeout.
Texas Tech will travel to Norman, Okla., this weekend to take on No. 11 Oklahoma for a Big 12 Conference series, April 26-28, at L. Dale Mitchell Park.