Lobos Pop Tech 5-3

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.-- Aaron Smith handcuffed <b>Tech</b> on one hit through eight innings as New Mexico defeated the Raiders <b>5-3</b> Sunday for its first victory of the year. <p> <br>

Smith (1-1) had a no-hitter through five innings, but Scooter Jordan hit a line drive single in the top of the sixth. Smith came within three outs of becoming the first Lobo in 29 years to throw a one-hitter.

He struck out five and walked two while throwing 127 pitches.

While Smith was handling the Tech batters, New Mexico (1-4) built up a 5-0 lead.

After back-to-back singles by Troy Cairns and Mike Svetlic in the first inning, the Lobos executed a double steal to put runners on second and third, and groundouts by Donny Sevieri and Chris Alexander gave New Mexico a 2-0 lead off Matt Harbin (0-1), who lasted only one inning.

Harbin gave up three hits and two runs (one earned) in one inning.

Bryon Smith drove in one run for Tech.

New Mexico got its three other runs in the fifth on Julio Guerrero's RBI single and Sean Murray's two-run triple.

In the ninth, freshman Kevin Letz threw a wild pitch to allow the Raiders to score after New Mexico pitchers loaded the bases on walks. Smith singled in another run, scoring pinch-runner Tyler Carson and putting runners on first and third. Gera Alvarez hit into a double play, scoring Nick Blankenship.

Murray led New Mexico's 11-hit attack with a single and a triple and two RBI's. Guerrero and Josh Mader had two hits each for the Lobos.

The Raiders and the Lobos close out their series tomorrow at 2 p.m. (CST).

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