Red Raiders Snap Losing Skid, Pound New Mexico 15-1|
May 10, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Senior center fielder Brian Capps went 3-for-5 with a career-high five RBI and Texas Tech snapped a three-game losing skid by defeating New Mexico 15-4 on Wednesday afternoon at Isotopes Park in Albuquerque.
The win moves Texas Tech to 28-20-1 on the season while New Mexico falls to 28-21. Tech's win also gives the Red Raider a four-game sweep in the season long series against the Lobos.
The Red Raider offense showed no signs of a nine-day break as Tech plated two runs on three straight hits to lead off the top of the first inning. Senior Joey Callender got Tech rolling with a lead off single and Brian Capps followed him with an RBI double to right field that allowed Callender to score all the way from first. Freshman left fielder Roger Kieschnick plated Capps on his first offering from UNM starter Jordan Salazar as he laced an RBI single to center.
Matt Smith, who made his first appearance in the Tech lineup in nearly a month, gave the Red Raiders a 3-0 lead with two outs in the top of the second. Smith belted an RBI single up the middle that scored Capps who reached on a two-out walk.
Junior shortstop Kyle Martin extended the Red Raider lead to 4-0 in the top of the third with an RBI double to the gap in right-center. Martin's double scored Trey Stewart who reached on a leadoff walk by New Mexico reliever Darren Coltrinari.
The Red Raiders tacked on three more runs in the top of the fifth inning to go ahead of the Lobos 7-0. Junior catcher Tyler Reves led off the frame with a solo home run and now has 10 dingers on the season. Tech added two more runs on a wild pitch and a double steal.
Capps hit his second home run of the season in the top of the seventh to push Tech's lead to 10-1. His three-run homer scored Willie Rueda and Joey Callender who reached on a pair of singles.
AJ Ramos picked up the win for Texas Tech and improved to 2-2 on the season while Jordan Salazar took the loss for New Mexico and fell to 0-1.
Texas Tech returns to action this weekend as the Red Raiders will play their final home games of the 2006 season when the Missouri Tigers come to Dan Law Field for a three-game series. First pitch on Friday evening is set for 6:30 p.m. and new Lady Raider Basketball Head Coach Kristy Curry will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.