Raiders Snap Losing Skid With 9-8 Win Over New Mexico
May 14, 2007
LUBBOCK, Texas - Chris Richburg's three-run triple in the bottom of the eighth helped snap a three-game losing skid as Texas Tech dropped New Mexico 9-8 on Monday afternoon at Dan Law Field.
The win moves Texas Tech to 27-24 on the season while New Mexico falls to 25-26.
With the game tied and the bases loaded in the bottom half of the eighth, sophomore left fielder Chris Richburg came up big for the Red Raiders yet again. Richburg delivered a 0-1 offering from reliever Jarred Watkins to deep right field that cleared the bases and gave Texas Tech a 9-6 advantage. Tech came into the inning trailing 6-5 but freshman pinch hitter Blake Lemen evened things up with an RBI single through the left side.
New Mexico plated a pair of runs in the top of the ninth and had the tying run at first base but first baseman/reliever James Leverton ended the ballgame when he got Daniel Stovall to fly out to center field.
New Mexico grabbed a 5-1 lead in the top of the fourth inning before Texas Tech came firing back with three runs of its own in the bottom half of the frame. Kyle Martin's two-run home run helped ignite the Tech rally and gave him his 11th round tripper of the year.
Junior left-hander Josh Scofield picked up the win in relief for Texas Tech as he logged a 1 1/3 innings allowing one urn on three hits. Adam Skelton (1-2) took the loss for New Mexico after giving up three runs on four hits over 3 2/3 innings of relief. James Leverton picked up his first career save.
Texas Tech returns to action tomorrow evening as the Red Raiders travel to Roswell, N.M. to face the New Mexico State Aggies at NMMI Field. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. (CT).
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