LUBBOCK, Texas – No. 30 Texas Tech scored in five separate innings and had a season-high 17 hits during a 9-3 victory over New Mexico on Tuesday afternoon at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
Texas Tech’s (10-3) victory marked its eight consecutive home win and also its eight straight win at home during the midweek. New Mexico drops to 8-4-1 on the season.
The Red Raiders scored early and often plating three runs in the first and then added to its lead in all three middle innings with a run in the fourth and fifth and scoring three runs on three hits in the sixth.
Junior left-handed pitcher Cameron Smith (4-0) pitched 2.1 scoreless innings out of the bullpen with a strikeout and two walks allowed. Lobos starting pitcher Jake Cole (0-1) took the loss allowing three runs on seven hits and a walk in his first career start.
Five Texas Tech players finished with at least three base hits, including freshman center fielder Stephen Smith (4-for-5, 2 runs, 2B, 3B, RBI), senior third baseman Jake Barrios (3-for-5, 3 runs, RBI), senior right fielder Adam Kirsch (3-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI), freshman shortstop Ryan Long (3-for-4, 4 RBI) and senior catcher Mason Randolph (3-for-3, 2 2B, 2 runs).
Long gave the Red Raiders a 3-0 lead in the first inning with a two-run, two-out single through the left side to score both Anthony Lyons and Barrios.
Leading by a run going into the fourth, 3-2, Kirsch hit his second home run of the season – a solo shot over the left-field wall to give Tech its eventual game-winning run.
Tech finished with season highs in hits, at-bats, doubles, triples and total bases.
The Red Raider bullpen combined threw 4.1 innings allowing just one run on four hits with four strikeouts and two walks allowed.
Senior left-handed pitcher Jonny Drozd had his consecutive scoreless innings pitched streak come to an end at 28 innings – dating back to May 5, 2013, as he allowed a leadoff double in the eighth and then a two-out infield hit by Kriby McGuire scored catcher Alex Real.
Freshman right-handed pitcher Ryan Moseley pitched a quick three-up and three-down top of the ninth inning with one strikeout to end the contest.
Texas Tech will continue its homestand this weekend hosting New Mexico State (7-4) for a four-game non-conference series beginning on Friday, Mar. 6, with first pitch set for 6:30 p.m. at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.