April 17, 2012
LUBBOCK, Tex. - Freshman Alex Real went 3-5 and hit his first career home run to help spark the University of New Mexico baseball team to a 10-3 win over Texas Tech Tuesday night. Senior Rudy Jaramillo allowed only one run in five solid innings of work to move his record to 4-2 on the season.
"Real had a breakout night," Birmingham said. "He can be a star for the future."
The win snapped the Red Raiders' five-game winning streak and was only the seventh setback at home in 26 games for Texas Tech this season.
After going down in order in each of the first three innings, the Lobos struck for at least two runs in each of the next four frames.
Mitchell Garver, playing center field for the first time this season because regular Josh Melendez is hurt, got the fourth inning started with a single to center. Ben Woodchick then sacrificed him to second, and DJ Peterson singled to left to drive him home. One batter later Peterson advanced to second on a balk, and Real knocked him in with a double to left field to give the Lobos a 2-0 lead.
After the Red Raiders scored once in the bottom of the frame on a sacrifice fly, the Lobos struck for four more in the top of the fifth.
With one out Kyle Stiner doubled down the left field line and Erik Suarez followed with a walk. A wild pitch moved them both up a base. Garver then came through with a single to left to score Stiner and move Suarez to third.
Woodchick reached on a throwing error while attempting to bunt. Suarez scored and Garver advanced to third, putting two men in scoring position for Peterson. The Red Raiders decided not to pitch to the second-leading hitter in the NCAA, and intentionally walked him to load the bases for Ryan Padilla.
Padilla reached on a fielder's choice as Peterson was thrown out at second. This allowed both Garver and Woodchick, who came around all the way from second base, to score, which increased the lead to 6-1.
Jaramillo exited at this point with a five-run lead. He allowed a sole run on six hits and struck out two.
"Rudy is back to being Rudy," UNM head coach Ray Birmingham said, referring to Jaramillo's excellent pitching at the end of last season to help the Lobos reach the NCAA tournament. "It was a great job by that young man tonight. We need him down the stretch."
UNM added two more in the sixth on RBI singles by Stiner and Woodchick. In the seventh Real led off with his first career home run to left to increase the lead to 9-1. Later that inning Stiner scored on an RBI double by Chris Nunez to conclude the Lobos' scoring.
Stiner and Garver each went 2-5 to help the offensive output as every UNM starter reached base at least once. Stiner drove in one and tied a season-high with three runs scored. Garver, the Mountain West Player of the Week last week, scored two runs and drove in one and now has multiple hits in seven of the past 10 games. He has 19 multi-hit games this season to lead the team.
The Red Raiders added a run in each of the eighth and ninth innings, but by then it was too little, too late. Jake McCasland relieved Jaramillo and went two and one-third innings. Will Mathis followed him and pitched the remaining one and two-thirds innings.
Birmingham was ecstatic about the performance of his pitching staff on the evening.
The win moved the Lobos to 18-18 and they have a chance to move above .500 for the first time this season when the teams meet at noon (MT) Junior Sam Wolff will take the hill for the Lobos. Fans can listen to the game live on ESPN 101.7 The Team.