Thomas Powers Tech Past New Mexico State
May 18, 2005
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Junior right-fielder Brent Thomas went 3-for-5 with five RBI and two home runs to lead the Texas Tech Red Raiders to a 12-6 win over New Mexico State on Tuesday night at Presley Askew Stadium in Las Cruces.
Texas Tech takes the season-long series with New Mexico State 3-0 and improves to 33-20 overall while the Aggies fall to 28-24.
Junior left fielder Brian Capps gave Tech an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first when he belted a two-run double to left field that scored Carey Avants all the way from first. Avants set up the scoring opportunity by delivering a one-out single to left.
Senior center fielder Cody Fuller pushed Tech's lead to 2-0 when he drove in freshman designated hitter Josh Wilson with an RBI single up the middle. Wilson kept the Raiders alive in the frame when he laced a two-out double to left-center field.
Junior right fielder Brent Thomas came up big for the Red Raiders in the fifth when he blasted a three-run homer run over the fence in right-center field. Thomas' home run was his third of the season. A lead off walk by Matt Smith and a bloop single to left by Joey Callender set up the three-run dinger for Thomas.
Tech continued its home run charge in the fifth inning as Brent Thomas added his second home run of the game and Cody Fuller connected on his first of the season. Fuller belted a solo home run that went sailing over the flag pole just left of the monster in center field.
Senior third baseman Carey Avants made the Tech lead 10-3 in the sixth when he laced a solo home run to right. The home run was Tech's fourth of the game and that set a new season high surpassing three that were hit against Baylor in that series finale.
New Mexico State plated all six of its runs in the middle innings as the Aggies plated three runs in both the fifth and sixth innings. Right fielder Mark Aranda plated the first runs of the game for the Aggies with a three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth. The home run was his 21st of the season.
Junior southpaw Carelton Hargrove (3-0) earned the win tonight by tossing four shutout innings allowing just one hit and set a new season-high with six strikeouts. Brian Boyer (0-2) was charged with the loss for New Mexico State as he gave up six earned runs on seven hits in three innings of work.
Texas Tech returns to action this weekend as the Red Raider travel to Norman to face the Oklahoma Sooners in a three-game Big 12 series at L. Dale Mitchell Park. The series against Oklahoma will signal the end of the 2005 regular season and all three games will be televised by ESPNU. First pitch on Friday night is set for 7 p.m.
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