April 11, 2006
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech scored 13 runs in the final four innings to come from behind for a 14-7 win over New Mexico at Dan Law Field today, despite UNM hitting five home runs. The Lobos (20-12, 3-3 MWC), who haven't hit five homers in a game since April 18, 2004 at Air Force, have lost six in a row to the Red Raiders.
Down 1-0 in the fourth inning, junior Chris Carlson hit a home run to left field with one out to even the game. With two outs, junior Matt Foote homered to left with a full count, giving New Mexico a 2-1 lead.
Junior Quentin Andes, who had scattered just two hits in his first four innings, surrendered three doubles and three singles in the fifth, putting four runs on the board for a 5-2 TTU lead.
Carlson, leading off the sixth, greeted the Red Raider's new pitcher, Zach Butler, with his second home run to left. The very next pitch junior Daniel Stovall took out of the park, pulling UNM within one at 5-4. The back-to-back bombs were New Mexico's first since Stovall did it with A.J. Spitaleri against Utah on May 28, 2004.
After the Red Raiders added a run in the sixth, junior Chris Dabbs welcomed Jason Seefeld to the game in the seventh with a home run to left. Two straight singles from senior Ryan Barba and sophomore Jordan Pacheco and an intentional walk to Carlson loaded the bases for Stovall with just one out. Stovall didn't disappoint, singling back up the middle, bringing home Barba and Pacheco for a 7-6 Lobo lead.
But five runs on five hits in the seventh and three runs on four hits in the eighth gave Texas Tech the momentum necessary to cruise to the win. Aaron Odom earned the victory, allowing just two hits, one run and one walk with two strikeouts in 3 innings. Junior Brandon Hewett (0-1) suffered the loss, allowing four hits, five runs (three earned), one walk and one strikeout in 1.1 innings.
Carlson finished the afternoon 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored. Stovall went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a team-high three RBI. Freshman Aaron Bates had a solid outing, allowing just one hit in 0.2 innings. Catcher Matt Smith went 3-for-4 with two runs and a RBI while right fielder James Leverton was 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored to lead TTU. Shortstop Kyle Martin went 2-for-3, scoring two runs and driving in a team-high three. For the game, five Red Raiders scored two runs.
The Lobos return to Mountain West Conference action this Thursday, hosting Air Force for a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m. at Isotopes Park. They will play a single game on Friday at Lobo Field beginning at 3 p.m.