No. 3 Tech closes home stand with 7-2 win over UNM

LUBBOCK - The No. 3 Texas Tech baseball team wrapped up its five-game stretch at home with a 7-2 victory over New Mexico on Wednesday afternoon at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.

The Red Raiders (14-0) tacked on seven runs behind seven hits against the Lobos (5-6-1) in the first Wednesday game of the season. Tech used a three-run second inning & a two-run third to help push past New Mexico for the fifth-straight win against the program in Lubbock.

Junior infielder Cameron Warren had two of Tech’s seven knocks, both driving in runs with a double in the third inning & a single in the seventh. It was his fifth time in six games he’s recorded multiple hits in a contest.

Another junior, right-handed pitcher Ryan Shetter improved to 3-0 after his third start went 5.2 innings against the Lobos. The Friendswood native totaled six strikeouts and gave up just two runs, one earned, on six hits & three walks. His 3-0 record in three starts in 2018 is the fastest in his Tech career he’s reached the mark, needing 11 starts to do so in 2017.

Tech had another strong performance out of the bullpen against New Mexico, as four Red Raiders combined to pitch the final 3.1 frames, allowing just one hit and three walks, while striking out three.

The Red Raiders struck first in Wednesday’s game, as senior infielder Michael Davis launched a two-run homer over the left field wall for a 2-0 lead. His fourth home run of the year was similar to his third in the previous game against South Alabama, landing in the left field bullpen for the first runs of the afternoon. With two away, junior catcher Zayne Willems reached & ended up at second base after a throwing error on the third baseman, allowing junior outfielder Cody Farhat to score from second to make it 3-0.

It was the 12th time in 14 games this season Tech has had at least one inning where they put up three or more runs in a single frame.

In the bottom of the third, Tech plated another thanks to an RBI double from Warren. After Davis walked with two outs, Warren stroked a double to right-center field, easily scoring Davis from first to give the Red Raiders a 4-0 lead. After a walk to Farhat, Willems sent an RBI single up the middle, pushing Warren home to make it 5-0.

The Lobos got one back in the top of the fourth, as Deinling opened the frame with a solo homer over the left-center field wall to pull the deficit to 5-1. They’d add another in the sixth after Campillo drove in Deimling, who walked and moved to second on a passed ball, with an RBI single to right field.

Tech pushed the advantage back to four runs in the bottom half of the sixth, making it a 6-2 game. Farhat & freshman outfielder Kurt Wilson stood on first & second after walks, then sophomore infielder Josh Jung sent them around the bases with an RBI double to right field. Farhat crossed home, but Wilson was called out at home on the relay. In the next inning, Warren shot an RBI single to left field, scoring sophomore outfielder Grant Little, who reached on a fielder’s choice, to push the lead to 7-2.

The Red Raiders hit the road for spring break and begin their eight-game road swing at No. 6 Kentucky with a three-game set on March 9-11 in Lexington.