1. Red Raider of the Game
Senior left fielder Tyler Neslony went 2-4 with 2 RBI's and a walk. Tyler's biggest at bat came in the 5th as he hit a pitch over the right field wall with Gardner at 1st, scoring 2 runs and giving Tech a 4-2 lead. The ball landed in the parking lot and almost looked like it bounced into a car. Poor vehicle.
2. Play That Impacted the Game
In the bottom of the 7th inning with the game tied at 4, a batter walked and another singled after an early out to put 2 on with only 1 out. Parker Mushinski came in to replace Robert Dugger with the game potentially on the line. Parker was able to get a strikeout and a fly out to end the inning and the threat.
3. Stat of the Game
48-37. Tech had 11 more batters come to the plate than New Mexico did. In 3 innings, the Lobos were retired in order, whereas Tech never had a 3 up, 3 down inning. The Red Raiders were able to extend innings and had twice as many hits as New Mexico.
4. Forgotten Play of the Game
In the top of the 7th inning, after an early out, 3 straight Red Raiders would reach base, loading them for Tyler Floyd and then Orlando Garcia. It was a great time to take control of the game and put pressure on UNM. Tyler would pop out, and Orlando would ground out to end any chance for Tech to regain the lead. Leaving runners on base has haunted Tech in losses this season but luckily they would manage to have a great 9th inning.
5. Big Reason Tech Won the Game
Tech kept the game close, and never gave up too many runs at once, going into the 9th inning with the game tied at 4. After starting the inning with 2 singles, Tyler Floyd would strike out but the 3rd strike ended up being a wild pitch, scoring Gute and giving Tech the lead. 2 singles later and the Red Raiders would have a 7-4 lead going into the bottom of the 9th. Hayden Howard pitched a perfect 9th after already pitching a perfect 8th, giving the Red Raiders the win, clinching their 3rd straight 30-win season. Game 2 has a 2:00pm (central time) first pitch as Tech looks to sweep another series.