April 25, 2006
LUBBOCK, Texas - A two-run home run by Texas Tech's Roger Kieschnick in the bottom of the seventh broke a 4-4 tie, giving the Red Raiders a 6-4 win, their seventh straight win over New Mexico. The tying run plus the two runs off the home run were all unearned.
The Lobos jumped out to a 3-0 lead, thanks to a RBI double from sophomore second baseman Jordan Pacheco and a RBI single from junior left fielder Jay Russell in the second and a sacrifice fly from junior center fielder Matt Foote in the third.
Junior Damon Miller made his first start of the season, holding the Red Raiders hitless threw 3 innings. But two walks and a balk in the third scored two runs, pulling TTU within one. In the fourth with one out, Tyler Reves got the first hit off Miller, singling to right center and scoring in the next at bat on a double from Trey Stewart.
Miller wasn't shaken, holding Texas Tech hitless in the fifth and allowing just one hit in the sixth.
Junior designated hitter Daniel Stovall singled with two outs in the seventh, moving junior first baseman Chris Carlson to second. Foote followed with a double to left center, giving New Mexico a 4-3 lead.
With a runner at third with one out in the bottom of the seventh, freshman Chad Itokazu came in to relieve Miller. Itokazu worked Joey Callender into an 0-2 count before forcing a grounder to third. Sophomore third baseman Ian Hollick grabbed it and threw to home, trying to get second out but freshman catcher Zach Arnett couldn't hold on, allowing TTU to tie the game.
Itokazu froze the next batter, bringing Kieschnick to the plate. Kieschnick, who was 0-3 until that point, took the 2-1 pitch out of park in right center.
Stovall led the Lobos at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a run scored. Russell was 2-for-3 with a RBI while Foote was 1-for-1 with two RBI. Reves led the Red Raiders, going 3-for-4 with a run scored.
Itokazu evened out at 2-2 with the loss, allowing two hits for two unearned runs in 1.2 innings. Miller went 6.1 innings for four hits, four runs (three earned), four walks and a strikeout. Randy Gattis got the win, giving up two hits, one run and one walk in 1 inning.
The Lobos (27-15 overall, 9-4 MWC) stay on the road, heading to Corvallis, Ore. for three games this weekend. They take on seventh-ranked Oregon State Friday and Sunday and Cal Poly on Saturday.