ALBUQUERQUE – The No. 6 Texas Tech baseball team left Albuquerque with a bang, clobbering New Mexico, 27-15, on Wednesday afternoon at Santa Ana Star Field.
The Red Raiders (34-11) tallied 27 runs on 27 hits, the most runs ever in a road game for Tech and the most since scoring 27 against Howard on Feb. 7, 1999. The Lobos (24-17-1) scored 15 of their own on 18 hits, as the two teams combined for the most runs in a game since Tech played Dallas Baptist on May 7, 2005. It was the most runs Tech had scored against the Lobos in the 118 meetings between the two programs, as the Red Raiders brought at least one run across home plate in seven different innings in the series finale.
All 10 position players who saw an at-bat on Wednesday recorded at least one hit, making it the second time this season every starter has had a knock. Included in the 10 were nine with multi-hit performances for the first time in school history, while eight scored multiple times, which had also never been done by a Red Raider team entering the day.
Freshman right-hander Jake McDonald got the start for the Red Raiders on Wednesday afternoon, his second of the season. McDonald went 2.0 innings, giving up five runs, four earned, on five hits, while striking out one. He was replaced by junior lefty Dylan Dusek and pitched 1.1 frames and handed the ball over to another junior south paw, Jacob Patterson.
The third junior left-hander Parker Mushinski picked up the victory, improving to 3-1 this season after tossing a perfect fifth inning. Over the last five innings, Tech allowed just one run and two hits, while striking out five.
The Red Raiders struck first in the opening frame thanks to a two-run homer from Hargrove. The two-out jack was crushed over the left field wall & scored Jung, who hit a single earlier in the frame with one away. It was the first home run for Hargrove since April 9 against Baylor and marked the fifth-straight game Tech has crushed the long ball, hitting 10 homers over that stretch.
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New Mexico got the runs back in the bottom half of the frame & took over the lead with three to make it 3-2. The Lobos put two on with one out behind a walk & bunt single. An error moved Mang over to third, then a single from Stajduhar scored two to even the game. An RBI groundout from Collier after a passed ball gave the Lobos the 3-2 lead.
It would be a short-lived lead, as the Red Raiders countered with two in the second. McMillon found his way to first on a strikeout-wild pitch, then Farhat made them pay on the mistake by smacking a triple off the left field to tie the game. A full-count single from Klein to center field easily scored Farhat to give Tech a 4-3 lead, all with no outs in the frame.
The Lobos answered with two in the home half of the second to re-take the lead. Both rans came across via free passes, the first on a bases loaded HBP and the second via a walk.
Tech scored in each of the first four innings of Wednesday's game as Garcia began the third with a walk & was moved over to third on a single from McMillon. With no outs & runners on the corners, Farhat skied a single to center field to send Garcia home & tie the game. A pair of walks to Little & Jung with one out forced a run in to give Tech the lead for the third-straight inning.
This time, the Red Raiders piled on five-total in the third inning. Back-to-back RBI knocks from Gardner & Hargrove tacked on three more for Tech, as Gardner drove in two & Hargrove added one for the 9-5 advantage.
It was the 25th time this season the Red Raiders have scored four or more runs in a single inning this season, improving to 17-2 when doing so. Tech would do it two more times behind seven & eight-run bursts in the later innings.
After a scoreless bottom third, Tech scored two more in the fourth thanks to a two-run homer from freshman infielder Brian Klein. It marked back-to-back nights a Red Raider hit his first collegiate home run, as Little smacked one on Tuesday night.
The Lobos had a homer of their own in the bottom of the fourth, a three-run blast from Stajduhar, scoring Zoellner & Gonzalez to cut the Tech lead to 11-8. With runners on the corners and one out, Herrera picked up an RBI single up the middle to tally another.
New Mexico posted five runs in the bottom of the fifth to re-take the lead. Two runs came across due to a wild pitch and a passed ball, while a trio of base hits plated three others.
Tech battled back in the top of the sixth with seven of their own to pull ahead, 18-14. The first three Red Raiders reached via a walk to Farhat, a double from Klein & a Little single, which scored the first two to make it 14-13. A single from Hargrove drove in Jung, who reached on a fielder's choice, then another knock from Garcia plated two more to put Tech ahead, 16-14. Klein added two more thanks to a double to go up, 18-14.
The offense rolled on in the seventh with eight more to push the lead to double digits at 27-15. Jung began the frame with a book-rule double over the right-center field wall, then a walk & wild pitch put runners on the corners with no out. After a fielder's choice from Hargrove, Sanchez laced a single to left field to score Gardner for the first run of the frame. Another single from Garcia tallied another, then a three-run blast from McMillon after a pitching change put Tech ahead 23-14.
Immediately after the home run, Farhat hit a triple to center field and was fulfilled by Klein via a sacrifice fly. Little found his way back on the bases following Klein's sacrifice with a single, but he wouldn't stand there long, as Jung cracked a two-run homer to right field to give Tech a 26-14 lead.
For good measure, Tech scored again in the eighth behind a solo dinger from Garcia, his team-leading 11th of the year, to push the score to 27-14. Tech homered a total of five times on Wednesday, the first time to hit five since the Red Raiders hit six against Missouri on May 2, 2010.
The Lobos would counter with a leadoff homer from Mang in the home half of the eighth, completing the 42-run day in Albuquerque.
The Red Raiders return home for one of the highest-ranked showdowns in Rip Griffin Park history, when Tech takes on No. 2 TCU on April 28-30.