Lobos mount comeback in the ninth to split midweek series

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – New Mexico scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth to come-from-behind and defeat Texas Tech 14-13 on Wednesday afternoon at Isotopes Park.

The Red Raiders (23-21) and Lobos (23-19) split the two-game midweek series as the Lobos erased a three-run deficit (13-10) in the ninth inning with five base hits.

Senior designated hitter Stephen Hagen led the way for the Red Raiders going 3-for-4 with a double, solo home run, two runs scored and two RBI. Junior left fielder Brennan Moore notched his first career three-hit game going 3-for-4 and junior second baseman Jamodrick McGruder went 2-for-5 with two runs and a three-run triple.

Senior right-handed reliever Brennan Stewart (0-2) took the loss for Tech while entering the game in the ninth and allowing three runs on four hits with a walk. New Mexico reliever Hobie McClain (1-1) grabbed the win after pitching a scoreless ninth inning.

Each team scored at least one run during the first three innings with Tech trailing 8-7 heading into the top of the fourth.

The Red Raiders took a 12-8 lead in the fifth inning as McGruder hit a bases-clearing triple to right-center field, Scott LeJeune (2-for-3, 2 RBI) scored a run on a sacrifice fly and Bo Altobelli (2-for-4) drove in a run with an RBI single during Tech's five-run inning.

Both teams scored in the sixth and the Lobos cut Tech's lead to three runs, 13-10, with a run in the seventh inning.

In the bottom of the ninth, Tech reliever Andre Wheeler allowed a lead-off single to left field, which brought out head coach Dan Spencer to bring in Stewart with nobody out. Stewart popped up catcher Mitchell Garver for the first out of the inning before getting into trouble.

New Mexico followed with back-to-back singles to load the bases with just one out. New Mexico's first two runs of the inning came on an RBI single to left field, cutting Tech's lead to one, 13-12.

The next batter, center fielder Josh Melendez, tied the game with an RBI fielder's choice to third base while Tech was able to get the out at second base, McGruder's throw to first base to complete the double play was wide allowing Melendez to reach base.

After Melendez stole second base, Tech intentionally walked first baseman Trey Porras to give the Lobos runners at first and second with two outs. Shortstop Alex Allbritton won the game with a single to left field, scoring Melendez for the walk-off victory.

Texas Tech will be back at home this weekend (April 27-29) hosting Missouri for a three-game Big 12 Conference series at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park. First pitch for the series opener on Friday, April 27 is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.