Tech baseball heads to New Mexico for midweek series

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Texas Tech has defeated the New Mexico baseball team twice this season already. But, those were in Lubbock. Now the sixth-ranked Red Raiders hit the road for a pair of games against the Lobos in Albuquerque, New Mexico at Santa Ana Star Field.

First pitch for Game 1 is slated for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Game 2 at 1 p.m. Wednesday. Texas Tech (33-10, 9-6 Big 12) defeated New Mexico (23-16-1) 7-2 on Feb. 28 and 12-4 on April 11. Both teams are expected to pitch by committee over the course of the two-game series.

The Red Raiders are coming off a 2-1 series loss to Oklahoma State, including losing the finale 3-1 in 11 innings Sunday.

The Lobos are coming off their fourth Mountain West series sweep of the season after taking all three games from UNLV this past weekend at Santa Ana Star Field.

New Mexico continues to put up impressive numbers as it sits in the top 10 in the nation in runs per game at sixth with 8.5 per game. The Lobos are also in the top 20 in the nation in average (.312 – 17th), on-base percentage (.415 – 8th) and slugging percentage (.485 – 15th).

That production starts with Carl Stajduhar. The Lobos’ third baseman has smacked four home runs in the last five games, including one in each of the last three games to give him 10 on the season. It also gives the junior 37 in his career, good for seventh on the UNM all-time list. Stajduhar is also just an RBI shy of reaching the New Mexico all-time top 10.

The junior has started 160 of the Lobos’ 161 games during his career, including the last 148.

Tech by the numbers

The Red Raiders have been strong in all three facets of the game this season as they rank in the top 35 in the nation in batting average (.300, 32nd), team ERA (3.45, 32nd) and fielding percentage (.981, 10th). … Texas Tech has six players hitting above .300 on the season, led by Grant Little (.339). Hunter Hargrove is hitting .329 with four homers, 40 RBI, 37 runs and 18 doubles while Orlando Garcia is batting .305 with 10 home runs, eight doubles, three triples, 45 RBI and 27 runs.

Sold out for TCU

Tickets for No. 6 Texas Tech baseball’s weekend series against No. 4 TCU on April 28-30 are officially sold out, making nine-straight Big 12 games at Rip Griffin Park to reach sell out status. Texas Tech student seating will still be available for all three games.

The Red Raiders welcome in the Horned Frogs (30-8, 11-4) for a rematch of 2016 College World Series teams. The two teams sit atop the conference standings heading into this weekend’s tilt, with TCU coming off a series win at home against Baylor, while Tech lost two of three to Oklahoma State in Lubbock this past weekend.