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Texas Tech Thursday Morning Baseball Notes - Cost Us The Game Edition

Texas Tech 7, New Mexico 15

Date Start Time Texas Tech
Starting Pitcher
New Mexico
Starting Pitcher
3/31/2009 7:00 p.m. Louis Head (W, 1-2) Edwin Carl (L, 2-1) 8-4
4/01/2009 3:00 p.m. Colton Farrar (L, 0-2) Ryan Escarcega (W, 1-1) 7-15
LF - Michael Reed (Jr.); CF - Taylor Ashby (Jr.); RF - Garrett Totten (Fr.)
3RD - Justin Berry (Fr.); SS - Joey Kenworthy (Jr.); 2ND - Willie Rueda (Sr.); 1ST - Chris Richburg (Sr.)
C - Jeremy Mayo (Fr.)
DH - Scott LeJeune (Fr.) or Nich Hanslik (Fr.)

*Click on the score for boxscore.

The Red Raiders split the series, and it was an absolutely awful 9th inning that led to New Mexico's 15-7 win over Texas Tech recap). Senior Cory Large (1.0 IP; 7 H; 9 R; 5 ER; 3 BB; 0 SO) pitched the 8th inning and to say he had a rough outing is an understatement. Freshman starter Colton Farrar (2.2 IP; 4 H; 3 ER; 3 BB; 0 SO) could not manage to get out of the 3rd inning and sophomore Jordan Stern (1.2 IP; 4 H; 2 ER; 0 BB; 0 SO) struggled a bit as well. Brandon Foster (1.0 IP; 1 H; 0 ER; 0 BB; 1 SO) and Kellen Monreal (1.2 IP; 0 H; 0 ER; 1 BB; 1 SO) pitched well in short relief.

The offense did manage 12 hits and 7 runs, so they weren't awful. Catchers Kevin Whitehead (1-3; 2 RBI) and Jeremy Mayo (1-1; 2 RBI; 1 HR) led the team in RBIs and Justin Berry (3-4) and Scott LeJeune (2-5) continue to get on base.

DT's Mike Graham recaps last night's loss, and Dan Spencer said that the 8th inning was obviously bad:

"We obviously had a bad eighth inning," Spencer said. "We had some chances to score. Ultimately, those are the things that cost us the game."

LAJ's George Watson previews this weekend's series against the Aggies.