April 26, 2011
LUBBOCK, Texas. - The Lobos dropped game one of a two-game set to Texas Tech by a final score of 6-1 Tuesday night in Lubbock.
UNM couldn't muster any offense against Texas Tech on the night, while the Red Raiders used one big inning to separate itself from the Lobos.
Lobos' sophomore starting pitcher Austin House was a little shaky to start the game, as he surrendered a run in the first inning to Texas Tech. House walked two of the first three batters and later saw a run come across the plate on a passed ball, giving the Red Raiders an early 1-0 lead.
Texas Tech added another run in the fifth off a Barrett Barnes RBI double to left center. With the bases loaded and just one out in the inning, Head Coach Ray Birmingham made decided to replace House with Alexis Garza. Garza gave up a grand slam to the first batter he faced, Texas Tech's Stephen Hagen, extending the Red Raiders' lead to 6-0 at the end of five.
Red Raiders' starting pitcher Duke von Schamann had a great night as the Lobos struggled with their bats all evening. Schamann threw for 6 1/3 shutout innings while allowing just two hits.
Robbie Kilcrease came on to finish out the final two innings for the Red Raiders. Kilcrease got the Lobos to go down in order in the eighth, but got into a little trouble in the ninth. The Lobos tried to put together a rally on Kilcrease, as Kyle `Beep' Stiner walked to begin the inning and freshman Cody Ross came on to grab himself a pinch-hit single that advanced Stiner to second. DJ Peterson finally put the Lobos on the board with an RBI double to right-center, scoring Stiner and cutting the Red Raiders' lead to 6-1. Unfortunatley that is all the Lobos would get, as they lost the game by a final score of 6-1.
With the loss, UNM falls to 12-29 on the season.
The Lobos will face the Red Raiders again tomorrow at 2 p.m. MT in Lubbock, Texas, for the fourth and final time this season.