Fouts Paces Tech Past New Mexico State|
May 10, 2005
LUBBOCK, Texas - Senior catcher Cooper Fouts broke a 4-4 tie with a three-RBI double in the bottom of the eighth and Texas Tech held on for an 8-4 win over New Mexico State on Tuesday night at Dan Law Field.
The Red Raiders (30-18) jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first as Tech plated its runs on a wild pitch and an RBI single by Joey Callender.
The game turned into a pitcher's dual as both team's benefited from a strong south wind that kept the game scoreless over the next four innings. New Mexico State plated all four of its runs in the top of the sixth on an RBI single by Adam Harvey and a three-run home run by pinch hitter Derek Maytubby. All four of the Aggies' runs were unearned due to an error in the frame by senior shortstop Cameron Blair.
After pushing across a single run in the bottom of the sixth, Tech came back and tied the game at 4-4 in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI groundout by Trey Stewart. Stewart's groundout scored Cooper Fouts who reached on a walk and moved to third on a stolen base and a single by Carey Avants.
The Red Raiders broke the tie in the bottom of the eighth as New Mexico State loaded the bases and that set up a three-RBI double by Fouts. Fouts' double bounced off the bullpen fence in left field and that gave him his third three-RBI game of the year.
Brian Wyatt (5-4) earned the win in relief for Texas Tech as he pitched 1 1/3 innings allowing just one hit and struckout two. Dustin Cameron was saddled with the loss for New Mexico State as he gave up five earned runs on four hits and three walks over 1 1/3 innings.
Texas Tech returns to Big 12 action this weekend as the Red Raiders host a critical three-game series against third-ranked Nebraska at Dan Law Field. The series gets underway on Friday evening at 6:30 and continues at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday before wrapping up at noon on Sunday. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling the Texas Tech Athletics Ticket Office at (806) 742-TECH or online at www.texastech.com.