Texas Tech Snaps Skid with 9-5 Victory at New Mexico
April 24, 2012
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Texas Tech snapped a five-game losing streak with a 9-5 win over New Mexico on Tuesday evening at Isotopes Park.
The Red Raiders (23-20) were led by junior All-American Barrett Barnes' 2-for-5 performance with a two-run homer and four RBI while the Lobos (22-19) had their five-game winning streak snapped.
Texas Tech used three multiple run innings with four runs in the third, two runs in the fifth and two runs in the seventh while holding New Mexico to just single-run innings from the second to sixth while notching the road win.
Red Raider junior reliever Jerad McCrummen (3-2) earned the win pitching 0.2 innings allowing one hit in relief of starting pitcher Rusty Shellhorn, who took the no-decision going 4.1 innings allowing four runs on seven hits with four strikeouts and a walk.
Lobos starting pitcher Rudy Jaramillo (4-3) took the loss allowing six runs in 4.1 innings while striking out three and walking one.
Tech plated four runs on four base hits in the third inning to make the score 4-1, sparked by Barnes first hit of the game, a two-run double to left-center field, scoring the game's first two runs. Two additional runs came in on pinch hitter Blake Bass' RBI fielder's choice to the shortstop, which resulted in two runs due to a throwing error by second baseman Kyle Stiner while trying to throw out Bass at first base, which allowed designated hitter Scott LeJeune to score from second.
McGruder scored a run and had two stolen bases while Lopez scored two runs and made several highlight plays in right field with two diving catches and throwing out a runner at home.
Barnes homered for the seventh time this season - 31st career - in the fifth inning with a two-run blast to left-center field, giving Tech a 6-4 lead.
An RBI single by McGruder in the sixth inning gave Tech a 7-4 lead before the Lobos scored their final run of the game in the bottom of the sixth to make the score 7-5.
That would be the closest New Mexico would get as the Red Raiders plated a pair of runs on Hagen's two-run double to the warning track in left-center in the seventh inning to give Tech the 9-5 advantage.
Tech had four relievers make scoreless appearances, including right-handed pitcher Shane Broyles who pitched the final 1.1 innings with just one base hit allowed.
The Red Raiders and Lobos will complete their two-game midweek series on Wednesday, April 25, with a 2 p.m. CT first pitch from Isotopes Park.