March 11, 2008
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- Senior Matt Hibbitts hit a three-run home run in the first inning to keep the University of New Mexico close, but Texas Tech prevailed on Tuesday afternoon at Isotopes Park, 8-6. Hibbitts was 2-of-3 on the day with two walks and another run scored in the bottom of the seventh.
The Red Raiders (8-6) took a 4-0 lead in the top of the first. UNM responded in the bottom of the first as Mike Brownstein and Ian Hollick started the inning with back-to-back walks. Hibbitts followed up with a solid home run to left field to cut the Texas Tech lead to one, 4-3.
The Lobos allowed two more runs over the next two innings, 6-3. In the bottom of the third, designated hitter Drew McDonald scored on a two-out single by Kevin Atkinson to pull the Lobos within two, 6-4.
Both teams were scoreless over the fourth and fifth innings. Texas Tech scored again in the top of the sixth, 7-4.
New Mexico responded in the bottom of the seventh with two runs, taking advantage of a throwing error and wild pitch by Owen Brolsma. Hibbitts scored on the wild pitch and McDonald scored on a ground out by Brian Cavazos-Galvez, 7-6. The Red Raiders brought Zach Stewart in after a walk by Atkinson to stop the UNM drive.
Stewart finished the game for his second save of the season, preserving the win for reliever Sam Janca (1-0) and the Red Raiders picked up another run in the eighth to move up, 8-6.
Ryan Escarcega (1-2) took the loss for the Lobos, giving up five runs over one and a third inning of work.
New Mexico (8-6) begins Mountain West Conference play this weekend against UNLV. The three-game series begins Friday, March 14, at 6 p.m. at Isotopes Park.