Red Raiders Drop Midweek Game, 7-6

Texas Tech was unable to keep New Mexico State off the scoreboard in the 9th inning, which cost Tech in the end as the Red Raiders dropped their third straight game.

Lubbock, Texas- The New Mexico State Aggies (22-8) extended their win streak to 13 games after beating Texas Tech Tech has now lost three in a row and finds itself in dire need of wins.


Tech (15-11, 1-5 Big 12 Play) had its opportunities to extend their lead but could not capitalize on two bases loaded situations with just one out in each of the bottom of the sixth and seventh innings. 


Head coach Dan Spencer said that this game was a frustrating one and that they had their chances to win, but left too many runners on base and played sloppy at times. 


"I don't know how many runners we had left on, bunches of runners left on third base with less than two outs" Spencer said. "If you play clean we have a four, five or six run lead heading into the ninth and maybe the outcome would have been different".

Tech has been put in a situation where they need to start winning games or else they could be playing themselves out of a post-season. 


Junior second baseman Jamodrick McGruder said that the team has to start executing the small things in order to win games, but that there is a lot of baseball left to be played and that Tech can pull things around.


"We are in a critical point in the season" McGruder said. "Getting to the halfway point but (we) just started Big 12 play though, it's a long season and we can pick it up and get right back where we want it". 


Despite not being able to hit in crucial situations, Tech had ten hits with McGruder and center fielder Barrett Barnes comprising five of them. 


Barnes hit his sixth home run of the season and his 30th career home run in the bottom of the fifth inning when he hit the solo shot over the left-center field fence. 


Coach Spencer said that they need to work on the fundamental areas of the game the rest of the week and will come out this weekend ready to go.


"The things we need to address are throwing strikes, taking care of the routine play, getting outs on bunts and being situational by hitting the ball with men on third base with less than two outs" Spencer said.


Tech looks to right their ship on Friday when they take on the Kansas Jayhawks in Lawerence, Kansas at 6 p.m. CT. 

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