Texas Tech Tops Lobos In Extra Innings
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/14/2006
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Feb. 14, 2006

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - For the third straight game, the New Mexico baseball went to extra innings but it was Texas Tech getting the best of the Lobos, 8-7 in 10 innings. The win ended the Red Raiders' three-game losing streak and the Lobos' two-game win streak.

Texas Tech's Matt Smith got the scoring started in the first, hitting a sacrifice fly to left field with the bases loaded, bringing home Joey Callender. Two batters later, Roger Kieschnick singled, driving in Brian Capps for the 2-0 lead.

In the bottom of the inning, junior first baseman Daniel Stovall belted a two-run home run that hit the center of the scoreboard in left center to even the game. With sophomore third baseman Ian Hollick and junior center fielder Matt Foote on, freshman Zach Arnett sent a bases-clearing triple to center field for a 4-2 lead.

Junior Chris Carlson put two more on the board in the second, launching a two-run bomb to left field, for a 6-2 lead.

Texas Tech got one run back in the fifth as Tyler Reves singled through the left side with runners at second and third. But Foote negated the run in the bottom of the inning with a double to left center that brought home Hollick.

In the seventh, James Leverton's single to center put two more runs on the board, pulling the Red Raiders to within two. Kieschnick's RBI double to right in the next at bat followed by Kyle Martin's single to left tied the game at 7.

With two outs and a runner on second in the 10th, Capps singled to left, driving in Willie Rueda for the game-winning run.

Randy Gattis claimed the win, throwing 3.2 innings of relief, allowing just one hit while striking out three. Freshman Chace Lankford suffered the loss, allowing his first earned run of the year in 1.0 inning pitched. Sophomore Bobby Moore made his first start of the season, going 4.0 innings for six hits, three runs and six strikeouts.

Arnett led the Lobos offensively, going 3-for-5 with two RBI. Carlson and Stovall both had two-run home runs, their first of the year. Hollick and junior left fielder Jay Russell led the team in runs scored with two. Reves was 4-for-6 and Capps was 3-for-4 to lead the Red Raiders.

The Lobos (3-2) head back out on the road for a three-game series at Arizona this weekend. Friday's game begins at 4 p.m. with live stats available on Arizona's official athletic website, www.arizonaathletics.com