Feb. 25, 2009
LUBBOCK, Texas --- It looked like the Lobos were off to another hit parade in Lubbock on Wednesday, but it came to a screeching halt as the University of New Mexico baseball team lost to Texas Tech, 6-3. UNM dropped to 4-2, while the Red Raiders improved to 5-1. New Mexico returns home for a four-game series at Isotopes Park against Northern Colorado, beginning Friday, Feb. 27, at 3 p.m.
Second baseman Mike Brownstein started the game with a double to center field and scored when center fielder Max Willett drove him in with the second double of the game one batter later, 1-0. Willett scored on a Rafael Neda single to put UNM up 2-0 on three hits after the first half inning.
But that was where it stopped.
Starter Jason Oatman (0-1) held off the Red Raiders for two innings before they got on the scoreboard with four runs in the bottom of the third to take a 4-2 lead. Oatman and the Lobo defense were able to keep Texas Tech in check until the bottom of the fifth when the Red Raiders got their second long ball out over the right center wall to take a 6-2 lead.
Sophomore transfer Kenny Toves relieved Oatman in the fifth and only allowed three Red Raiders on base over the final 3 2/3 innings. Toves walked two batters and struck out six while not allowing a hit or run.
Willett hit a single in the top of the eighth to go 2-for-3 on the day.