1. Red Raider of the Game
Sophomore infielder Orlando Garcia went 2-3 on the day as well as 2 walks. He started the scoring on a bases clearing 2-run triple in the 2nd inning and gave Tech a chance to take the lead in the 10th with a 2-out walk. He accounted for 2 of the teams 7 hits on the day, in which the offense was relatively quiet.
2. Play That Impacted the Game
Tech went into the bottom of the 9th with a 5-4 lead and usual stalwart Hayden Howard allowed 2 doubles to let UNM tie the game. UNM clawed back into the game after Tech took a 5-1 lead in the 5th.
3. Stat of the Game
8 different Lobos hit a double today, one tied the game in the 9th, and another won the game for them. New Mexico is a very good hitting team, in the top 10 nationally in several hitting categories. They were able to capitalize, and the success wasn't limited to a certain portion of the lineup.
4. Forgotten Play of the Game
After giving up the tying run in the 9th, Tech started the 10th inning off very well, loading the bases off 2 walks and a hit by pitch to bring Stephen Smith up to the plate with 2 outs. One of Tech's best hitters, and someone who has a great ability to get on base, could put Tech ahead with 1 good swing. Instead he popped out to end any threat and gave UNM the chance to win, which they did.
5. Big Reason Tech Lost the Game
After going up 5-1 in the 5th inning, Tech wouldn't score again, and allowed UNM to get back into the game 1 run at a time. They also left 11 runners on base, including 3 in the 10th. The pitching was ok, even though Howard wasn't as good as he has been. Ryan Moseley pitched 3.2 innings, allowing 1 run, 2 walks, and 2 hits. The offense just couldn't get it done today and it cost Tech the game.