LUBBOCK, Texas — The University of New Mexico fell 7-2 to the No. 3 and undefeated Texas Tech Red Raiders in college baseball on Wednesday.
The loss was the opening game of a six-game in seven days road swing that will see UNM (5-6-1) head to Fresno State for a weekend conference series before single games at Cal Poly and at Pepperdine.
UNM’s Nathaniel Garley got the start, and he plowed through the Tech lineup with a 1-2-3 inning in the first, but he was touched for three runs in the second inning. All-American Mark Davis hit a two-run homer to left to open the scoring, and another run came in on a throwing error to make it 3-0.
Tech (14-0) made it 5-0 with Cameron Warren two-run double in the third. Jeff Deimling got UNM on the board in the fourth inning with a long home run to left that just missed breaking a window on a parked car that one would have thought was far enough away. That shot made it 5-1, and then Deimling scored on a Robby Campillo in the top of the sixth to make it a ballgame at 5-2.
Both teams recorded seven hits, but Tech took advantage of nine Lobo walks allowed. Still, head coach Ray Birmingham knows that a came against a team like Tech will only help his club.
“We are still committing some young mistakes at the mound and at the plate, but it will come eventually,” he said. “We just have to be patient. We are playing without one of our top players.”
Birmingham was referring to Jared Mang, who has been out with a broken hand since getting hit by a pitch on Feb. 22.
Notes: Of UNM’s six losses, three are to top three teams, having lost two to No. 2 Oregon State … Danny Collier and Hayden Schilling extended their hitting streaks to eight games each … Brian Coffey extended his scoreless innings streak to open the season to 5.0 … Garley dropped to 1-1 with the loss.