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Texas Tech (12-15, 2-4) vs. New Mexico St. (18-10)
Location: Midland’s Citibank Ballpark : Midland, TX
Radio: Affiliates
Date Start Time Texas Tech
Starting Pitcher
New Mexico St.
Starting Pitcher
Result
3.30.10 6:30 p.m. Brandon Petite
L, 2-1
Thomas Brendel
W, 2-1
L: 2-6
Outfield:
LF - Michael Reed (Sr.); CF - Taylor Ashby (Sr.); RF - Barrett Barnes (Fr.)
Infield:
SS - Joey Kenworthy (Sr.)     2ND - Jamodrick McGruder (Fr.);
3RD - Nick Popescu (Sr.)                                  1ST - Jeremy Mayo (So.)
C - Kevin Whitehead (So.)
DH - Scott LeJeune (So.)

*Click on the score for boxscore. Texas Tech series preview (pdf).

Recap: Same as it ever was. SP Brandon Petite couldn't get a single out (0.0 IP; 3 H; 5 ER; 2 BB; 0 SO) and that was the game. The remainder of the pitching staff did pitch well, including Louis Head (5.0 IP; 3 H; 1 R; 2 BB; 3 SO) and Colt Farrar (2.0 IP; 2 H; 0 R; 0 BB; 2 SO) doing the heavy lifting. The offense was sporadic at best, with no player managing more than one hit and only SS Joey Kenworthy (1-3; 1 RBI) and CF Taylor Ashby (1-4; 1 RBI) managing the only runs.

Game Recap: LAJ's George Watson has the recap:

Take away the first six batters of the game, and Texas Tech got exactly the kind of game it needed on the mound Tuesday night.

Unfortunately for the Red Raiders, those first six batters became the difference in the game as New Mexico State recorded five runs before its first out of the game, which led to a 6-2 loss for the Red Raiders at Citibank Ballpark.

Tech starter Brandon Petite, who went five solid innings in his last outing against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, never made it out of the first. In fact, he never got an out before leaving in favor of reliever Louis Head.

Petite (2-1) surrendered three hits, two walks, a wild pitch and a hit batter as the Aggies (18-10) grabbed a 5-0 lead.

"I thought we were making progress, but obviously not," Tech coach Dan Spencer said, referring to Petite. "I don't know if he got caught up in the environment or what happened, but he wasn't close. He couldn't throw it where he wanted, he walked some guys and made mistakes with two strikes. He wasn't sharp at all."