LUBBOCK, Texas — Zach Rheams homered in the first inning, Michael Davis drove in three runs and Texas Tech opened NCAA regional baseball with a 9-2 win over New Mexico State on Friday.
With game time temperatures around 105 degrees, the Red Raiders (40-17) went ahead to stay with a three-run first, when Grant Little had an RBI double before Rheams hit his 14th homer of the season. Rheams had also homered in his previous at-bat against New Mexico State, a game-ending solo shot in a 2-1 win two months ago.
Michael Davis had a sacrifice fly, then added a two-run double in a four-run seventh for Tech, the ninth seed nationally.
Joey Ortiz homered for WAC tournament champion New Mexico State (40-21), which returns to action Saturday in losers bracket play against Kent State, a 13-6 loser to Louisville in the late game.
Ryan Shetter (5-0) struck out five and allowed one run in five innings. Aggies starter Jonathan Groff (11-3) also had five strikeouts, but allowed eight hits and five runs over four innings.