Las Cruces, NM — The New Mexico State baseball team plays four games this week versus Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas. The series runs, Thursday through Sunday, March 6-9, with one game per day on Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
The series opener on Thursday is scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. (MT) start, as is Friday’s game. Saturday’s game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. (MT) start while Sunday’s game will begin at 11 a.m. (MT).
The first two games of the series will be broadcast live over the airwaves in Las Cruces on KSNM AM 570 with Jeff Mathews on the call. Thursday’s game will be taped delayed on the radio, following the NM State women’s basketball game. Friday’s game will also be televised live by FOX College Sports Southwest and Fox Sports Arizona. Fans should check with their television provider for availability and channel.
This will be the first time this season the Aggies will play away from Presley Askew Field. NM State enters the series against the Red Raiders with a 7-5 record with all games being played on its home turf.
After winning their first two series of the year, versus Saint Mary’s and SIU-Edwardsville, three games to one, the Aggies are coming off three losses in four games against Oakland (Mich.). NM State did, however, win the final game of the series by a score of 17-2.
The Aggies will face one of their toughest opponents of the season in Texas Tech. The Red Raiders are ranked 26th in the country by both the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and Collegiate Baseball.
Texas Tech is 10-3 on the season including 8-1 at Rip Griffin Park. The Red Raiders have four wins over top-10 teams this season. They began the season by taking three of four games over No. 3 Indiana at home, earning their first series win over a top-5 opponent since 2008. More recently, Texas Tech beat No. 10 Rice in Houston, 3-2, on Sunday, March 2. The win snapped a 15-game losing streak to Rice.
Thursday’s game will be the 56th meeting between the two schools with Texas Tech holding a 38-17 advantage. The Aggies and Red Raiders first met on the diamond in 1965. The teams split two games last season with each winning on their home field. NM State defeated Texas Tech, 7-6, in Las Cruces on March 25. The Red Raiders returned the favor with a 6-1 win over the Aggies on April 23 in Lubbock.
NM State-Texas Tech, Series
This weekend the Aggies and Red Raiders will square off on the diamond for a four-game series, March 6-9.
Texas Tech leads the all-time series, 38-17. The series began back in 1965, as the Aggies hosted the Red Raiders in Las Cruces. In the last 10 games against Texas Tech, the Red Raiders hold a 6-4 advantage, but the Aggies have won two of the last four meetings.
Since 1997, when head coach Rocky Ward began his involvement with the program, the Aggies are 8-14 against Texas Tech, including two wins over The Red Raiders in 1997, when Texas Tech was ranked No. 1 in the nation. Both those games were played in Las Cruces. Earlier that same season, the Aggies played Texas Tech in a three-game series when they were ranked No. 22, dropping all three games.
In 2013, the Aggies split with Texas Tech, as the home team won their respective game.
Scouting Texas Tech
Texas Tech enters the weekend at 10-3 overall and 8-1 at home, having played just one away game and three neutral site contests to start the 2014 season.
As a team, the Red Raiders are batting .267 at the plate with 100 runs scored, 50 RBI and four home runs. Th pitching staff has a 2.78 ERA collectively, striking out 66 batters on the season, thus far.
Adam Kirsch led Texas Tech, each hitting .395. Kirsh is the clubs leader with 29 total bases, 17 hits, including 11 RBI.
Pitcher Cameron Smith leads the Texas Tech pitching staff with a 1.02 ERA, holding a 4-0 record on the season. Matt Withrow leads the team with 13 strike outs. The Red Raiders have seven pitchers with an ERA under two.