Texas Tech Baseball Routs New Mexico, 9-3

The Red Raiders have won eight consecutive games at home and are 10-3 overall this season after defeating New Mexico 9-3 Tuesday afternoon at Rip Griffin Park.

The Texas Tech Red Raiders
accelerated the offense and placed it on cruise control to earn their eighth consecutive home victory by defeating the New Mexico Lobos 9-3 Tuesday at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.

Head coach Tim Tadlock spoke positively about all facets of Tech's midweek performance after finishing 2-2 on their first road trip.

"I think the guys came out with a lot of intent today," Tadlock said. "They did good preparing to play. We pitched good, played good defense, so we weren't really focusing so much on hitting specifically. We were focusing on moving forward, keeping up our work and practicing with purpose and that's what we did."

New Mexico (8-4-1) started out of the gates first, but Tech (10-3) answered in the bottom of the inning by scoring three runs. Tech would score three runs again in the sixth inning and added a run each in three other frames.

Freshman outfielder Stephen Smith had a memorable game with four hits and finished his performance a home run from the cycle. Smith went 4-for-5 scoring two runs and batting one in. He also added a spectacular diving catch near the left-centerfield wall to keep a run off the board.

Tadlock said he expects Smith to keep up his nice performances in the future.

"It was really good to see him and it's always good when a guy can walk up to the plate and start you off with a double, a triple, home run. He's a good player. We have a lot of faith in him and I'm looking forward to seeing him play."

As if Smith didn't already have a career day, his first inning double was his first hit as a collegiate player.

Smith was not the only player who had a stellar day. Four Red Raiders recorded three hits in the game. Tech outhit the Lobos 17-11. New Mexico left nine runners on base throughout the matchup.

Tech featured more than just offense in the game. Freshman Dylan Dusek tossed 4.2 innings allowing two earned runs on seven hits. That was before he gave the ball to junior Cameron Smith (W, 4-0), who tossed another scoreless outing. Smith faced 10 batters surrendering two hits and two walks.

New Mexico's starting pitcher Jake Cole (L, 0-1) was knocked around for three earned runs on seven hits and a walk through 2.2 innings. The Lobos went to the bullpen five times. Not one Lobo relief pitcher lasted two innings.

Senior Jonny Drozd and freshman Ryan Moseley held similar performances to Sunday's victory over then-No.12 Rice finishing the ballgame and protecting the victory.

Texas Tech now turns its focus to a four-game home series against New Mexico State. The series starts Thursday with first pitch set for 6:30.

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