Tech Overpowers New Mexico State, 15-2

Texas Tech defeated New Mexico State 15-2 Friday to push its home winning streak to 10.

It was a complete blowout at Dan Law Field on Friday night as Texas Tech beat New Mexico State 15-2.

The Red Raiders (12-3) hammered a total of five triples which is the most they have had since 1975 and was one away from the school record.

There is no doubt that Texas Tech was on its offensive game Friday night, producing a total of 15 runs on 18 hits. Through the first four innings the Red Raiders only accounted for one run but the bats exploded in the fifth inning. Adam Kirsch kept his hitting streak alive with a two RBI-double, followed by an RBI from Burleson and Randolph tripled to tack on two more runs.

"To see guys get in there and have good at bats is important," Tadlock said. "The guys are doing the right thing for the team and thats the most important thing."

The snowball effect continued for the Red Raiders as Barrios had a career high game with four hits, one being a triple in the sixth, which extended Tech's lead to 13-1. In the eighth the Red Raiders get their final two runs with a triple by Gutierrez and RBI by Devon Conley.

"It was fun, anytime you score 15 runs it is fun to play," Barrios said. "It built confidence for the whole team."

Texas Tech starting pitcher Dominic Moreno put up a good defensive effort and finally got the run support he had been looking for. Overall, Moreno pitched five innings recording three strikeouts and allowed three hits and only one run. This was his first win of the season. Sophomore Jonathan Tripp relieved Moreno and recorded two strikeouts, allowed four hits and one run in three innings pitched.

"It was nice but even as a pitcher you like when the game is close too," Moreno said. "It keeps you focus but this felt good though."

This blowout was a confidence booster for the Red Raiders but they will move on and focus on finishing out the series. The third game of the weekend series will be 2 p.m. Saturday.

"We understand it's baseball and it's a new game tomorrow and you got to be ready to play," Tadlock said.

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