LUBBOCK, Texas — The University of New Mexico baseball team took a 4-3 lead at No. 6 Texas Tech whenJack Zoellner came through with a two-out RBI double in the fourth inning, but the Red Raiders scored nine unanswered runs over the next four innings as the Lobos fell 12-4 Tuesday afternoon at Rip Griffin Park.
The Lobos (18-13-1) gave up a run in the fourth, three in the fifth, two in the sixth and three more in the eighth as the 12 runs is the second most UNM has surrendered in a game this season (the most in a loss as the Lobos surrendered a season-high 16 runs in a 24-16 win at Air Force earlier this season).
UNM outhit the Red Raiders 13-11 on Tuesday, but left 16 on base to tie a season high.
“We hit the ball today, now we just need to do it a bit better with guys in scoring position,” UNM coach Ray Birmingham said. “We had our chances, but a few mistakes here and there cost us.”
UNM fell behind after Texas Tech (29-7) put up three in the bottom of the second, but the Lobos answered in the next half inning with three runs of its own on RBI singles from Carl Stajduhar and Andre Vigil and an RBI groundout from Hayden Schilling.
The Lobos took the lead in the top of the fourth on the Zoellner RBI double before Texas Tech ran off nine straight runs over the next four innings for the victory.
Reliever Austin Isenhart got the loss, going 1.1 innings and giving up four runs on five hits with one strikeout.
The Lobos return home for a three-game series against Missouri State starting 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Santa Ana Star Field.