Baseball Defeats Texas Tech, 4-1
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  03/16/2004
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Box Score

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The New Mexico baseball team scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to rally past Texas Tech, 4-1, Tuesday night at Isotopes Park. Junior right-hander Cooper Eddy (2-2) won his second consecutive start by only allowing four hits and one run in seven innings of work, while striking out five.

Eddy and Texas Tech starter Michael McGowan had an excellent pitcher's duel in the beginning stages of the game. McGowan, who had a no-hitter through four innings, was taken out in the fifth with Lobo runners on second and third, but reliever Juan Razo got out of the jam on a groundout.

Eddy surrendered his first run on a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning, giving the Red Raiders (13-6) a slim 1-0 lead.

The Lobo bats came alive in the bottom of the inning, however, scoring three runs on four hits. With runners on first and third, leadoff hitter Matt Young drilled a triple to the gap in left-center field, scoring Jay Russell and Ryan Barba for the 2-1 Lobo lead. Garrick Haymore brought in Young with a single to left for the 3-1 advantage.

The Lobo bullpen then came on to close the game for Eddy. Jason Fernandez pitched a perfect eighth and Joe Salas closed the ninth for his first save of the season.

Barrett Pliler (0-1) took the loss for Texas Tech after giving up two runs on three hits in the seventh.

New Mexico added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth on a Russell double that plated Sean Murray. Murray went 2-for-4 in the game with two doubles.

The Lobos (3-12-1), who entered the week playing the nation's 12th-toughest schedule, played an excellent defensive game, highlighted by several diving catches and no errors. The pitching staff also did their part, limiting the powerful Red Raider offense to one run and four hits. Texas Tech, who had an RPI of 20, entered the game averaging 11.5 runs per game and 12.4 hits per game.

New Mexico returns to action for a three-game series against Utah this weekend (March 19-21) at Isotopes Park. Friday's game is set for 6 p.m., Saturday is set for 1 p.m. and Sunday is set for 12 p.m.