Feb. 24, 2009
LUBBOCK, Texas --- It took awhile, but the University of New Mexico baseball team came from behind to beat Texas Tech on Tuesday afternoon, 13-10. Freshman Gabe Aguilar earned the win in relief as the Lobos overcame a 10-5 deficit late in the game for to improve to 4-1 on the season. UNM handed Texas Tech its first loss of the season, 4-1.
The first two innings were rough for both teams in the first mid-week game of the season. UNM got started in the top of the first with the first of redshirt junior Max Willett's four hits in the game. Willett put the Lobos on the scoreboard first with a home run over the left field wall at Dan Law Field, 1-0.
Texas Tech followed up with three runs in the bottom of the first frame, roughing up Lobo starter Will Kerr, 3-1.
The Lobos took the lead back in the second inning, 5-3, with three doubles in the inning. Sunday hero Ryan Honeycutt started the inning with a walk and scored on the first double by designated hitter Justin Howard. Right fielder Chris Juarez followed right behind with another double to score Howard. Mike Brownstein hit the first of his two doubles of the game to score Juarez, then crossed home plate on a single by Willett.
Texas Tech responded with four runs in the second, two in the third, and one in the fourth to take a commanding 10-5 lead. The Lobos had runners in scoring position in the fourth, a Willett double, and in the fifth but could not get the around to home.
In the sixth inning, both teams had freshmen on the mound, Aguilar (1-0) for the Lobos and Louis Head for the Red Raiders. Head came into the top of the fifth to keep UNM at arms length, while Aguilar came in the bottom of the fifth to stop the Red Raiders
But the game got away from Texas Tech in the seventh as the Lobos battled back to take an 11-10 lead. Willett picked up his fourth hit of the game to start the inning and the Lobos merry-go-round. Five Lobos scored before Texas Tech pulled Head for veteran Brian Cloud. Cloud (1-1) only allowed one more run in the inning.
Willett was walked in his final two plate appearances, missing the cycle by a triple, the extra-base du jour of the Lobos in the season-opening series.
Aguilar, Cole White and Clinton Cox shut down Texas Tech over the final 4 1/3 innings of the game, allowing no runs, 3 hits, and 2 walks, while striking out 2 (White). Cox threw the final inning to pick up his second save of the season.
The two teams meet again on Wednesday at 1 p.m. (MST) at Dan Law Field in Lubbock.