Red Raiders Pound New Mexico State 20-3|
May 18, 2004
LUBBOCK, Texas - Juniors Dallas Braden and Ryan Andrews totaled a combined four hits and nine RBI to lead the Texas Tech Red Raiders to a 20-3 run-rule win over the visiting New Mexico State Aggies on Tuesday night at Dan Law Field.
The win pushes Tech's win streak to three games and the Red Raiders now stand at 35-17 on the year. New Mexico State falls to 32-23-1.
Texas Tech jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning and never looked back. The Red Raiders scored the four runs on two singles and a double and took advantage of a walk and hit by pitch. Junior Jose Delgado delivered the biggest hit of the inning when he hit a two-RBI double down the right field line.
Junior designate hitter Dallas Braden picked up his first home run of the season in the top of the third inning when he hit a two-run dinger to just under the scoreboard in right-center. Braden became the final player on the Texas Tech roster with a least 45 at-bats to hit a home run and is one of 12 different players to hit a homer this year.
Junior first baseman Josh Brady picked up his only hit of the game in the top of the fourth when he belted a three-run home run over the left field wall. The home run was his 17th of the season and he picked up his 76th, 77th and 78th RBI of the season. Texas Tech scored two more runs in the inning to make the score 11-2.
New Mexico State got on the board in the top of the fourth on a two-run home run by Peter Arroyo and the Aggies got one final run in the top of the seventh.
Senior right-hander Steve Gooch moved to 5-0 on the year as he pitched five innings allowing two earned runs on four hits and struckout two. New Mexico State starter Zach Cobb (1-2) took the loss for the Aggies as he gave up four earned runs on three hits and never made it out of the first inning.
The game was called in the seventh inning after both teams agreed to a run rule.
Texas Tech returns to action on Friday night as the host the Baylor Bears in a three-game series at Dan Law Field. First pitch on Friday is set for 6:30 p.m.