Game three between Texas Tech and New Mexico State was a close one but the Red Raiders pulled off a 8-7 win in 12 innings at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
Eric Gutierrez hit his first home run of the season, a solo shot in the bottom of the ninth send the game into extra innings.
Texas Tech (13-3) starter Chris Sadberry pitched five innings, allowed seven hits, two runs and had five strikeouts. The Aggies (7-8) gained momentum in the fifth and Cameron Smith gets called on for relief.
Surprisingly, Smith did not come through today and in the short term he pitched one strikeout and allowed two hits which produced five runs. Freshman Ryan Moesley quickly replaced Smith and allowed five hits but none of which produced runs and recorded three strikeouts.
Texas Tech bats have been hot all weekend but struggled keeping up with the Aggies for most of Saturday. In the first four innings the Red Raiders maintained the lead but the Aggies came back with an explosive fifth inning stealing the lead by scoring five runs. Gutierrez came in the clutch nailing a home run in the bottom of the ninth sending the game into extra innings.
"My mentally was to get on base. I just got a good pitch on a positive count. I put a good swing on it and it flew," Gutierrez said.
After two scoreless extra innings the Red Raiders came through in the bottom of the 12th.
After loading the bases Devon Conley brought in the winning run.
The bench really came through for the Red Raiders on Saturday. Sophomore Alec Humphreys found himself second in the lineup pinch hitting for Anthony Lyons and went 3-for-5 getting two RBIs. Zach Davis and Devon Conley also came in to pinch hit putting the Red Raiders into scoring position. Tadlock expresses the importance of the whole roster being ready to come in at any point.
"I was really proud. We are really proud of the guys who came off the bench," Tadlock said. "On the mound and also postion guys, every one of them rolled off there ready to go."
Texas Tech Fends Off New Mexico State
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