LUBBOCK, Texas – No. 11 Texas Tech baseball scored seven runs in the first two innings and totaled three home runs on the day to race past New Mexico, 10-4, on Wednesday at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
All nine starters scored a run for the Red Raiders (28-10) and six of the team’s nine hits went for extra bases in the midweek win. Tech improves to 7-0 in midweek games this season and extends its home winning streak against teams outside the league to 27 games.
Tech jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first and added three-spots in the second and fifth frames against the Lobos (9-17), who the Red Raiders have played more than any school that has never been a Big 12 member. Tech has now won 11 of the last 14 against UNM, including seven straight at home.
Cal Conley, Braxton Fulford and Cody Masters all went yard as Conley hit a two-run shot in the first as part of the four-run outburst. Fulford followed an inning later with a two-run shot of his own, while Masters tacked on a two-out solo shot in the fifth.
It marked the ninth home runs of the season for both Conley and Fulford, who trail Jace Jung’s 15 for the team lead. Fulford finished with a game-high three RBI as he opened the scoring in the first with a sacrifice fly. Conley, meanwhile, posted one of two multi-hit games for Tech along with Dru Baker as both finished 2-for-4.
Baker set the tone in the leadoff spot on Wednesday with a double and a triple, but it was a 10-pitch walk to leadoff the first that sparked the initial onslaught.
Making his second start of the year, freshman Brendan Girton (2-0) opened the game with a 6-pitch first inning. He would need just 15 pitches total to retire all six Lobos he faced over a 2.0-inning scheduled start.
It was a bullpen day for Texas Tech head coach Tim Tadlock as seven relievers saw time on the mound following Girton’s start. Chase Hampton, Hayde Key, Andrew Devine and Derek Bridges all delivered scoreless appearances. Eli Riechmann, Levi Wells and Connor Queen also received time and gave up one earned run each.
Max Marusak and Nate Rombach received starts on Wednesday and each responded with a hit. Marusak ripped an RBI double to left field during Tech’s three-run fifth. He also made a highlight grab from center field during the second inning, running down a deep fly ball and slamming into the wall as he leaped to make the catch.
Rombach hit a line drive single in the first to greet New Mexico’s first reliever of the game and added a walk in the eighth. The Lobos would cycle through three pitchers in the first two innings alone on their way to using seven total pitchers in the game. Starter Nathanial Garley (0-2) received the loss, allowing three runs in 0.2 innings of work.
Tech held a solid New Mexico offense in check for the majority of the game as the Lobos managed just two runs on five hits leading into the ninth.
Tech honored New Mexico head coach Ray Birmingham prior to the game as the Lobo skipper announced earlier this month his retirement after 43 years in college baseball.
Release provided by Ty Parker Texas Tech Athletics