Lobos' Magic Runs Out in 12-8 Loss to Texas Tech
April 30, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas – All good things must come to an end as the University of New Mexico baseball team learned Tuesday night. The 17th-ranked Lobos saw their 10-game winning streak come to an end at the hands of the Texas Tech Red Raiders by a score of 12-8.
UNM (27-17) fell behind 9-0 after three innings, and their patented late-inning rally fell just a little short against the Red Raiders (21-24).
Texas Tech scored twice in the first, four times in the second, and added three in the third to jump out to an early lead. But the Lobos began to chip away at the lead.
In the fourth Alex Real led off with a single. Josh Melendez was next and was hit by a pitch with a full count. John Pustay singled to center to load the bases. Luke Campbell then drove in a run with a fielder’s choice, and Alex Allbritton followed with a sacrifice fly to cut the lead to 9-2.
In the sixth Melendez tripled to extend his hitting streak to a career-best 23 games, and he scored on another single by Pustay.
UNM, as has been its custom lately, made its big move in the eighth.
Pustay led off with a single, his eighth-consecutive plate appearance that resulted with a hit. After a pitching change Campbell doubled down the left-field line to score Pustay. With one out Campbell was on third when Chase Harris reached on an infield single. The RBI cut the Red Raider lead to 9-5. Sam Haggerty followed and also reached on an infield single to put men on first and second for DJ Peterson.
The All-American hit it sharply but right at the third baseman. The fielder’s choice kept men on first and second for Mitch Garver. The senior singled to score Haggerty and cut the lead to 9-6. Real was next and he doubled off the wall in left. Peterson scored easily, but Garver was thrown out at home on a perfect relay by Texas Tech’s shortstop, Tim Proudfoot.
With the score 9-7 it looked like the Lobos might have another miracle finish in them, but Texas Tech answered with three in the bottom of the eighth to increase their lead to 12-7.
The Lobos were robbed of several hits in the ninth, including one off the bat of Pustay to end his streak of consecutive hits, but still managed one more run on doubles by Campbell and Alex Allbritton.
The Lobos outhit the Red Raiders 16-12, and were led by Pustay, who finished 4-for-5 with a run and an RBI. Harris, Garver, Real and Campbell all finished with two hits apiece.
The Lobos will look to return to their winning ways this weekend when they host Air Force for three games at Lobo Field. First pitch for Friday is set for 3:05 p.m., and the games Saturday and Sunday will start at 1:05 p.m. ESPN Radio 101.7 The Team will cover all three games live with Robert Portnoy, the voice of the Lobos, providing the play-by-play.
Notes: It was not a career-high in hits for Pustay, who tied a UNM record with a 6-for-6 performance last April 5 at Air Force … Harris stole his team-leading 15th base of the season … Melendez’s triple was his fifth of the season, which ties him for the Mountain West lead. He had nine last year, which ranked third in the nation … Garver and Real each hit their 16th double of the season.