By: Scott Lacefield - Associate Director/Athletics Communications
LUBBOCK, Texas – No. 30 Texas Tech clinched its third consecutive weekend series with a come-from-behind 8-7 victory over New Mexico State in 12 innings on Saturday afternoon at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
Trailing 7-6 in the ninth inning, sophomore first baseman Eric Gutierrez hit a solo home run to right field to send the game into extra-innings. In the bottom of the 12th inning, sophomore Alec Humphreys tripled to left-center field and scored on senior Devon Conley’s sacrifice fly to give the Red Raiders (13-3) their 11th consecutive home win – a first for the program since 2002.
Texas Tech was led by both Gutierrez (2-for-4, 2 RBI) and Humphreys (3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBI) who accounted for five of the Red Raiders eight runs in the game.
Sophomore right-handed pitcher Dalton Brown (1-0) earned his first career win getting strikeout looking to end the top of the 12th inning leading a NMSU (7-8) base runner stranded at second base.
NMSU relief pitcher Zach Freeman (1-2) took the loss as he pitched the 12th inning and allowed a hit, walk and the game-winning run scored.
Tech held a 5-2 lead after four innings but then saw the Aggies score five runs in the sixth inning on three base hits, four walks and a hit-by-pitch to take a 7-5 lead.
The Red Raiders cut the lead to one in the bottom of the sixth on senior third baseman Jake Barrios’ two-out, RBI single to right center field scoring catcher Tyler Floyd.
Both teams went scoreless in the seventh and eighth innings before Gutierrez tied the game on a 3-1 pitch to lead off the ninth inning with a solo blast to the opposite field over the right-field wall.
Freshman right-handed reliever Ryan Moseley pitched 5.2 scoreless innings out of the bullpen where he allowed just one walk and five hits with three strikeouts while shutting down the Aggies from the end of the sixth inning through the 11th.
Texas Tech turned a season-high four double plays in the Red Raiders first extra-innings game of the season.
Humphreys, who entered the game with a pinch-hit single in the second inning, also singled and stole a base in the fourth, had a sacrifice bunt in the eighth and started Tech’s rally in the 12th with his first career triple to left-center field as the Red Raiders leadoff batter in the inning.
Barrios grounded to second base and Gutierrez was intentionally walked before Conley stepped to the plate and hit a line-drive, sacrifice fly to right field scoring Humphreys for the game-winning run.
Texas Tech will look for the series sweep over the Aggies on Sunday, Mar. 9 with a noon first-pitch at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.