Texas Tech rallied late scoring three runs in the bottom of the eighth, but it wasn't enough as New Mexico defeated Tech 6-4 on Wednesday to sweep the midweek series at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
Texas Tech (22-17) was held without a hit during the first four innings while New Mexico (19-18) was paced by its first three hitters in the lineup who went a combined 7-for-12 with three runs and two RBI.
Junior right fielder Nick Hanslik went 3-for-4 with an RBI to lead the Red Raiders at the plate. Tech used a total of 21 players/pitchers in the contest.
Tech sophomore starting pitcher Brannon Easterling (0-1) took the loss pitching 3.2 innings allowing three runs (all earned) on seven hits with one walk. Six Red Raider relievers made appearances, including left-handed pitcher Andre Wheeler who made his team-leading 17th appearance this season.
New Mexico starting pitcher Sam Wolff – who held a no-hitter through four innings – improved to 1-2 this season pitching five innings allowing one run (unearned) on a hit with two strikeouts and four walks allowed.
New Mexico plated a run in the first while never trailing in the game. They added two in the fourth on back-to-back RBI singles before Tech scored its first run on third baseman Reid Redman's sacrifice fly in the fourth.
Redman returned to the Tech lineup after missing the past 15 games due to a broken left foot. Redman went 0-for-1 with an RBI in four innings of action.
New Mexico added to its lead with two runs in the seventh as the Lobos received a walk and single to start the inning and both later scored on an RBI double by first baseman Trey Porras.
Tech rallied in the eighth with junior Barrett Barnes leading off with a triple down the right field line – giving him a 10-game hit streak – and then scoring on Bo Altobelli's RBI single to left field. Hanslik followed with an RBI single to drive in Scott LeJeune, who reached base with a walk. Pinch hitter Stephen Hagen scored Altobelli with a line-drive single into left-center field, cutting the Lobos lead to 6-4.
That would be as close as Tech would come as a New Mexico closed out the game with back-to-back groundouts while shortstop Tim Proudfoot was stranded at third base after leading off the inning with a walk.
Texas Tech will be back in Big 12 play this weekend at Oklahoma State with a three-game series beginning on Friday, April 20 with a 6:30 p.m. first pitch at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.