Red Raiders fall to New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KCBD) - ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. New Mexico broke a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the fifth with a nine run outburst and went on to hand Texas Tech a 16-8 loss on Tuesday afternoon at Isotopes Park.

The loss snapped a two-game win streak by the Red Raiders as they fell to 24-21 on the season.  New Mexico improved to 28-14.

New Mexico wasted little time jumping out to an early lead in the bottom of the first as the Lobos strung together three consecutive singles up the middle with one out to help build a 3-0 lead.  Rafael Neda and Cameron Smith each drove in runs on base hits while John Twichell capped the inning with an RBI sacrifice fly to center.

Junior third baseman Nick Popescu got Tech's first hit and first run of the day in the top of the third when he led off the inning with a solo home run to center.  The home run was his fifth of the year and cut the deficit to 3-1.

After a leadoff groundout by Joey Kenworthy in the top of the fourth, freshman first base Barrett Barnes got Tech started with a double to the corner in left field.  Senior left fielder Michael Reed then drove Barnes home with a bloop single to left-center that cut the UNM lead to 3-2.  Scott LeJeune's 25th double of the year gave Tech runners at second and third and just one out and that set up an RBI opportunity for Bonham Hough.  Hough took advantage of the situation and drove a ball deep to center field and that was enough to let Reed score from third and tie the game 3-3.

Three walks and a hit batter by reliever Brandon Petite gave the Lobos the lead back in the bottom half of the fifth inning.  Petite's third free pass of the frame walked home Justin Howard, who led off the frame with a walk, and broke the 3-3 tie.  It went downhill from there for the Red Raiders as the Lobos ended up scoring nine runs on six hits and an error to take a 12-3 lead.

Brandon Petite was charged with the loss and fell to 2-3 on the year after giving up six runs on three hits three walks in 1 1/3 innings of relief.  Rudy Jaramillo held Tech to just three runs on four hits over five innings of work to earn the win and improved to 3-1.

Texas Tech returns to action this weekend when the Red Raiders host the Missouri Tigers in a three-game series at Dan Law Field.  First pitch on Friday night is set for 6:30 p.m.

                                                    R  H   E
Texas Tech  -   001  200  041 -   8  12   3
New Mexico -  300  090  40x  - 16  16   2

WP = Rudy Jaramillo (3-1)
LP = Brandon Petite (2-3)
SV = None


  • Texas Tech now stands at 24-21 on the season and had its two-game win streak halted with today's loss to New Mexico.
  • Despite today's loss to UNM, the Red Raiders still lead the all-time series 58-36-1.  Today's game was the 95th meeting between Texas Tech and New Mexico.
  • Texas Tech surrendered nine runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and that was the second most allowed in a single frame this year as Houston scored 10 runs on the Red Raiders in the bottom of the second back at the Houston College Classic on March 7.
  • Texas Tech head coach Dan Spencer now has a career record of 49-53.
  • Sophomore designated hitter Scott LeJeune belted his 25th double of the season in the fourth inning and is now just four shy of tying the school's season record of 29.
  • Nick Popescu and Scott LeJeune each extended their current hit streaks to eight games while Jamodrick McGruder and Jeremy Mayo had their seven-game streaks snapped.