• Comment

Lobos snap Red Raiders' eight-game winning streak, 4-3

Posted: April 21, 2014 - 5:41pm  |  Updated: April 22, 2014 - 12:12am
Get your A-J Media Digital Subscription now!

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — No. 21 Texas Tech got five solid innings of relief from Cameron Smith, but a pair of miscues in the field allowed New Mexico to outlast the Red Raiders for a 4-3 victory on Monday at Lobo Field.

The win breaks Texas Tech’s eight-game winning streak, dropping the Red Raiders to 32-12 overall heading into Tuesday’s non-conference game against TCU in Abilene. New Mexico improves to 31-11-1 with its ninth straight victory.

The Lobos scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning by a matter of inches.

With one out and a runner on first from a hit-by-pitch, John Pustay ripped a bouncer up the middle. Tech second baseman Bryant Burleson dove but had the ball glance off his glove and into shallow left-center field.

Pinch-runner Kirby McGuire, who was going with the pitch, never stopped, scoring all the way from first just ahead of a throw from Tech center fielder Stephen Smith to put the Lobos up 4-3.

UNM closer Victor Sanchez, who came on with two outs in the seventh after Tech had tied the game at 3, worked 21/3 scoreless innings, allowing only a one-out walk by Jake Barrios in the eighth, to improve to 3-0 on the year.

Smith suffered his first loss, falling to 5-1 after allowing two runs, one earned, on five hits while striking out three. He relived starter Johnathon Tripp, who allowed two earned runs on three hits and two walks in three innings.

Tech tied the game in the top of the seventh on an RBI single by Tyler Neslony. The inning started with a one-out double by Tim Proudfoot and a single to right by Smith. After a Burleson pop-up, Neslony ripped UNM reliever Kevin Baumgartner’s first pitch to center to score Proudfoot with the tying run.

The Lobos had gone ahead 3-2 in the sixth on two huge errors by the normally stellar Tech defense.

Jack Zoellner led off the inning with a single. Pustay then hit a hard grounder to second that was booted by Burleson, allowing Zoellner to take third. On the play, however, right fielder Adam Kirsch’s throw to third eluded third baseman Ryan Long and went into foul territory, allowing Zoellner to score.

The Red Raiders grabbed the first lead of the game on a two-run single up the middle by Ryan Long with one out in the second.

The Lobos answered in the bottom of the inning on back-to-back RBI singles by Jered Meek and Lance Milligan.

Aside from the hits by Long and Neslony, Tech was just 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position, that one hit failing to produce an RBI. The Red Raiders stranded six of their eight baserunners in scoring position, three of those at third base.

NEW MEXICO 4, TEXAS TECH 3

Texas Tech New Mexico

Player ab r h bi Player ab r h bi

SSmith cf 5 0 2 0 Haggerty ss 3 0 1 0

Burleson 2b 5 0 0 0 Siple cf 3 0 0 0

Neslony lf 4 0 1 1 Harris rf 4 0 1 0

Gutierrez 1b 3 1 1 0 Real c 4 0 0 0

Kirsch rf 3 1 2 0 Zoellner 1b 2 2 1 0

Barrios dh 1 0 0 0 McGuire pr 0 1 0 0

Davis pr 0 0 0 0 Padilla 1b 0 0 0 0

Long 3b 3 0 1 2 Pustay lf 4 0 2 1

Floyd c 4 0 0 0 Vigil 3b 4 1 1 0

Proudfoot ss 4 1 1 0 Meek 2b 4 0 1 1

Milligan dh 3 0 1 1

Totals 32 3 8 3 Totals 31 4 8 3

Texas Tech 020 000 100 — 3 8 2

New Mexico 020 001 01x — 4 8 0

E — Burleson (5), Kirsch (4). DP — New Mexico 2. LOB — Texas Tech 8, New Mexico 7. 2B — SSmith (9), Proudfoot (2), Pustay (9). SH — Barrios (2), Siple (12). SB — Davis (6). CS — Harris (6).

Pitching summaries

Pitcher ip h r er bb so

Texas Tech

Tripp 3 3 2 2 2 0

CSmith (L, 5-1) 5 5 2 1 0 3

New Mexico

Carmen 31/3 3 2 2 1 2

Duree 2/3 0 0 0 1 1

Cole 22/3 4 1 1 0 0

Baumgartner 0 1 0 0 0 0

Sanchez 21/3 0 0 0 1 1

Baumgartner faced 1 batter in the 7th.

HBP — by Duree (Long), by Cole (Barrios); by CSmith (Zoellner). U — Wilson, Hamilton, Johnston. T — 2:24. A — 722. Records: Texas Tech 32-12; New Mexico 31-11-1.

  • Comment