The No. 7 Texas Tech Red Raiders defeated the New Mexico State Aggies in Midland last night by a score of 2-1. This was an offensive struggle all night as the Red Raiders only managed 4 hits. There were many bright spots in this game as the pitching staff pitched one of its most complete games this season.
There were 5 pitchers that took the bump for the Red Raiders. Ryan Sublette got the start for the Red Raiders. He went 3 and 2 thirds innings and allowed 6 hits and one run on 59 pitches. The freshman pitched well in his first weekday start of the season. Although this role has been reserved for Ryan Shetter, it appears as Coach Tadlock will move Shetter to the weekend now.
After Sublette was relieved by Caleb Freeman, only one more hit was allowed by Tech pitching. Freeman pitched the last out of the fourth inning and the fifth inning. He allowed zero hits, walked three and struck out two batters on 31 pitches. John Henry Gonzalez came in after that and pitched 2.1 innings. This was probably Gonzalez’s best outing of the year as he allowed no hits and walked no batters and struck out two on 28 pitches. Ty Harpeneau, VTM’s reigning pitcher of the week, took the mound in the eighth inning and got the last two outs of that inning. Kurt Wilson pitched the ninth inning and got the win on the day as he struck out two on 15 pitches.
Offense was something that was hard to come by for each team, as the Red Raiders only had four hits the entire game. Zach Rheams was the hero last night as he launched a home-run in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Red Raiders the win. Rheams finished 1-2 with that home-run, one walk, and a strikeout. Rheams has really come on as of late as he has taken over the designated hitter spot in the lineup. He has five home runs on the season, all of those coming since the Baylor series.
What do you think of last night’s game against the New Mexico State Aggies? Let me know in the comment section below. The Red Raiders travel to Kansas on Friday to take on the Kansas Jayhawks in Lawrence, Kansas.