MIDLAND, Texas – The No. 11 Texas Tech baseball team doubled up New Mexico State, 10-5, Tuesday in front of 5,399 fans at Security Bank Ballpark in the team's annual trip to Midland, Texas.
The Red Raiders (22-9), who posted a 7-0 shutout of the Aggies (21-10) earlier this season in Lubbock, received a two-run home run from junior Josh Jungand an inside-the-park homer from freshman Max Marusak to fuel them to the win.
Tech outhit what entered as the nation's top scoring offense, 12-5, with all but one starter in the lineup recording a hit. Meanwhile, freshman starter Mason Montgomery (3-0) limited the Aggies to just two hits over five innings on the way to his third win of the season.
With the win, Texas Tech improves to 6-0 in Midland under head coach Tim Tadlock with each of the last three victories coming against the Aggies. The Red Raiders have won nine in a row against NM State overall and 16 of the last 17.
The Tech pitching staff finished with 10 strikeouts on the day, including four from Ryan Sublette over two innings in a relief effort. New Mexico State's Joseph Ortiz and Nick Gonzales came to Midland ranked No. 2 and No. 6 in the nation in batting, but combined to strikeout five times on the day with one hit.
While Jung and Marusak provided the fireworks, freshman designated hitter Cole Stilwell also shined with a three-hit, three-RBI effort. He helped Tech tie the game in the first with an RBI ground out. He reached base with a single in the fifth before Jung's monster home run to center that made it 6-2. In the seventh, he capped off a four-run inning with a two-RBI single to left.
Jung matched Stilwell, finishing with three RBI for the day. Junior Brian Klein and sophomore Gabe Holt both recorded multi-hit games and drove in a run.
Marusak showed off his speed to the Midland crowd with an inside-the-park home run. He sent a deep fly ball off the wall in center field that ricocheted past the center fielder back towards the infield to allow Marusak to race all the way home before the throw came in.
Sophomore catcher Braxton Fulford reached base in all four at bats to set a school record for consecutive times to reach base safely. He had not been retired since Friday against Kansas and had racked up seven straight entering Tuesday. The streak reached 11 Tuesday night, topping the 10 consecutive at bats set by Josh Jung from March 17-24, 2018.
The Red Raiders used three runs in the third to go up 4-2. After making it a 6-2 game in the fifth, Tech displayed patience at the plate to load the bases in the seventh and add four runs on an RBI walk from Fulford, a Holt infield single and Stilwell's two-run single.
The Red Raiders remain on the road this weekend as they travel to Morgantown, W.Va., for a three-game Big 12 series that starts Friday at 5:30 p.m.