Dates: Tuesday, April 19th – Wednesday, April 20th
Good Guys: Texas Tech Red Raiders (29-9, 11-1)
Bad Guys: New Mexico Lobos (26-11, 14-4)
Location: Santa Ana Star Field | Albuquerque, New Mexico
Game Notes: Preview | PDF
TV/Stream: Campus Insiders
Radio/Stream: Broadcast Affiliates
Sorry, no real time to get much of a preview up, other than both of these teams appear to be similar in that they’re both great offensively, New Mexico is slightly better, while the pitching is also similar, with Texas Tech having a slight edge.
Game 1: Tuesday, April 19th @ 7:00 pm
Texas Tech Starting Pitcher: LHP Erikson Lanning (2-3, 6.44)
New Mexico Starting Pitcher: LHP Luis Gonzalez (1-2, 5.82)
Final Score & Box Score: Texas Tech 7, New Mexico 4 (recap | box score)
This was one of those terrific games until late, when Texas Tech pushed across 3 runs in the 9th inning to take the lead and not look back. Erickson Lanning pitched well, going 5.0 innings, allowing 5 hits, 3 runs, 1 walk and striking out none. Robert Dugger pitched 1.1 innings, allowing two hits and a run, while walking 2 and striking out 1, with Parker Mushinski getting two outs in the 7th with a strike out. Hayden Howard pitched the final 2 frames, unblemished, and earning his 6th win of the year. Eric Gutierrez was 3-5 scoring a run. Tanner Gardner was 2-5 with a triple and 2 RBI. Tyler Neslony was 2-4 with 2 RBI and included this home run:
— Texas Tech Baseball (@TTU_Baseball) April 20, 2016
That’s 10 wins in a row for Texas Tech. 30 wins on the year.
Game 2: Wednesday, April 20th @ 2:00 pm
Texas Tech Starting Pitcher: LHP Ty Damron (3-1, 5.40)
New Mexico Starting Pitcher: RHP James Harrington (6-1, 6.16)
Final Score & Box Score: New Mexico 6, Texas Tech 5 (10) (recap | recap
New Mexico is a pretty good team, but this one got away from Texas Tech late. Texas Tech was ahead pretty much the entire game, but New Mexico chipped away at the lead, scoring runs in the 8th and 9th innings to tie things up in the ninth off of the usually very reliable Hayden Howard. Ryan Moseley, who has been great as of late, gave up a late run in the 8th inning, but heck, he pitched. 3.2 innings and only gave up 2 hits, so he didn’t pitch terrible. I can’t remember a ton of blown saves for this team, so unless something drastic happens, I think everything is okay.
Ty Damron got the start, giving up 5 hits, 3 runs, walking 3 and striking out 4. We’ve already talked about Moseley and Howard. Dalton Brown took the loss in the 10th inning, giving up a double which scored a Lobo from first. Cory Raley was 2-3 with 2 RBI as was Orland Garcia, who also had 2 walks.