Texas Tech dropped its final game New Mexico Lobos 4-3. This game, being played in Albuquerque, N.M. was the third of three in 2014.
Texas Tech (32-12) struck first blood in the second inning with two runs on a Ryan Long single up the middle to score Eric Gutierrez and Adam Kirsch. The runs were the only allowed by Lobos starter A.J. Carman.
The Lobos (31-11-1) would fire right back in the bottom of the inning with back-to-back RBI singles from Jered Meek and Lane Milligan. Both earned runs were charged to starting Texas Tech pitcher Johnathon Tripp.
Neither starting pitcher lasted four innings. The game would remain knotted up at 2 until the sixth. Jake Zoellner started the home half of the inning with a single. The next play featured a routine groundball which dribbled past 2B Bryant Burleson into right field. Burleson's error allowed Zoellner to not only make it safely to second, but advance to third. Right fielder Adam Kirsch tried throwing Zoellner out, but the throw was off line, allowing Zoellner to prance across home plate for a 3-2 lead. The Lobos had a chance to keep the momentum going as Eric Gutierrez had to leap off first base to catch a Ryan Long throw. Gutierrez would attempt to tag Andre Vigil, but miss. However, Vigil missed the bag and Gutierrez applied a tag on him to help minimize the damage.
The Red Raiders would answer in the seventh after chasing Jake Cole from the game with two hits. New Mexico pitching coach Dan Spencer would choose LHP Kevin Baumgartner for one pitch. Baumgartner's one pitch allowed left-hand batter Tyler Neslony to produce a game-tying RBI single scoring Tim Proudfoot.
After setting down the Lobos in order, Tech had a chance to take the lead in the eighth. With one out, Jake Barrios drew a walk. Texas Tech head coach Tim Tadlock selected Zach Davis to pinch-run for Barrios. Davis would steal second before Ryan Long hit a ball to the right side. In perhaps the defensive play of the game, New Mexico 2B Jered Meek dove in shallow right field to snag the ball and finish the play to get Long out at first. The threat would die on a 5-3 groundout from Tyler Floyd stranding Davis at 90 feet away from scoring the go-ahead run.
Tadlock would stick with Cameron Smith (L, 5-1) to pitch the eighth. After a groundout, Smith would start Zoellner with two strikes. The third pitch was outside and the fourth pitch plunked Zoellner. With Kirby McGuire pinch-running for Zoellner, John Pustay hit the ball up the middle. Burleson would dive for the ball and it deflected off his glove into shallow left-centerfield. McGuire would come all the way around from first to score the go-ahead run.
Lobos closer Vic Sanchez (W, 3-0) would finish off the final seven outs to notch the Lobos lone victory against the Red Raiders.
Tech travels to Abilene Tuesday for a neutral site match against the TCU Horned Frogs. The Red Raiders took two out of three against the Horned Frogs in Fort Worth during a conference series. The game Tuesday will not count in the Big 12 Conference standings.
First pitch at Cruther Scott Field in Abilene is set for 6 p.m.
New Mexico Edges Texas Tech, 4-3
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