Chris Richburg became the first true freshman since current senior Madison Edwards to hit a home run.
Feb. 8, 2005
LUBBOCK, Texas - Freshman first baseman Chris Richburg went 2-for-4 with four RBI and senior right-hander Joe McCoy pitched four scoreless innings of relief to help lead the Texas Tech Red Raiders to a convincing 18-6 win over the New Mexico Lobos on Tuesday afternoon at Dan Law Field.
The win marked Tech's seventh-straight season opening win and head coach Larry Hays moved to within eight wins of his 1,400th coaching victory.
Texas Tech jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning thanks to a fielding error by New Mexico right fielder Chris Dabbs. Dabbs misplayed a routine flyout by Chris Richburg and that allowed junior left fielder Chris Williams to score from second.
After two solid innings on the mound to start the game, Adam Lawford allowed the Lobos to take the lead in the third inning as they pounded out five runs on five hits and took advantage of one Tech fielding error. Chris Carlson's two-RBI double was the biggest blow of the inning and that led to Lawford's replacement in the fourth.
Senior transfer Joe McCoy gave the Red Raiders a strong presence on the mound for the next four innings in route to his first win of the season. McCoy held New Mexico scoreless over those four frames while allowing just three hits against 14 Lobo hitters.
The Tech offense responded to McCoy's performance and rallied for 12 runs during that four-inning stretch. The Red Raiders regained the lead in the bottom of the fourth thanks to four runs on five hits. Williams picked up a two-RBI double in the inning and finished the game 2-for-3 at the plate with two RBI and four runs scored. Senior shortstop Cameron Blair's RBI single in the inning regained the lead for Tech at 6-5.
Junior first baseman Chris Richburg hammered a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning to become the first true freshman to hit a long ball for the Red Raiders since current senior Madison Edwards (May 18, 2002 against Baylor). Richburg's home run gave Tech a 14-5 lead.
Jesse Garcia-Perez suffered the loss for New Mexico as he gave up four earned runs on five hits in the fourth inning. The loss was the first of the season for Perez as he fell to 0-1. Second baseman Jordan Pacheco led the New Mexico offense as he was 3-for-4 with two runs scored.
Texas Tech returns to action this weekend as they play host to the Northern Illinois Huskies in a three-game series at Dan Law Field. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Friday afternoon. Please stay tuned to www.texastech.com for any possible weather related schedule changes for this weekend.