LUBBOCK, Texas – The No. 5 Texas Tech baseball team makes its annual trip to Midland to take on New Mexico State on Tuesday, April 3, at 7 p.m. at Security Bank Ballpark.
There will not be a live stream of the contest, but it can be heard on the Texas Tech Sports Network on 97.3 FM, the 97.3 app, TuneIn app and online at TexasTech.com. Live stats will also be available at Sidearmstats.com/texastech/baseball/.
The Red Raiders (23-6) and the Aggies (16-12) meet for the second time this season, this time in a neutral-site affair. On Feb. 20, Tech capped a five-game home stand with a 12-0 shutout of New Mexico State at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park. The road matchup scheduled for March 27 in Las Cruces was postponed.
Tuesday's meeting will be the fourth time in five years the two squads have met in Midland for a midweek matchup. Tech's picked up wins in 2014 (6-3), 2016 (5-4) and 2017 (8-4) against the Aggies at Security Bank Ballpark.
Overall, Tech is 51-18 all-time against New Mexico State, with a 7-3 mark in neutral-site contests.
The Red Raiders are coming off a series win over West Virginia last weekend in Lubbock, picking up 4-1 and 8-5 wins in the final two games of the set. In the series opener, Tech dropped a 1-0 decision for its first home loss of the year.
NMSU heads into the midweek tilt after dropping a series to Sacramento State at home over the weekend. The Aggies took game one by a score of 8-2, then fell in the final two games of the set, 7-3 & 6-2, respectively.
Tuesday will be the first neutral-site game for both teams this season. The Red Raiders sit with a 7-5 record away from home, while the Aggies are 1-7 when playing away from Las Cruces.
Head coach Tim Tadlock will send freshman right-handed pitcher Ryan Sublette to the mound to face the Aggies in Midland. This season, Sublette has appeared in five games, starting two vs. South Alabama (March 4) and at Kentucky (March 11). The Lemont, Illinois, native has struck out seven and holds a 0-1 record heading into Tuesday's game.
He'll face a red-hot New Mexico State offense that checks in with a .328 team average through 28 games. Six Aggies sit above the team clip, with freshman infielder Nick Gonzales leading the charge with a .413 batting average. Senior catcher Mason Fishback is the NMSU-leader in hits (42) and RBI (34), while sophomore infielder Joseph Ortiz paces the squad in runs with 31.
The Aggies starting pitcher is TBA. New Mexico State's team ERA sits at 4.69 heading into Tuesday, while the Aggie bats have tagged opposing pitchers for a 9.31 earned run average.
Tech's offense simmered down to a .305 team clip over the weekend with West Virginia, with five Red Raider sitting above the team average. Freshman Gabe Holt leads the team in hits (45), while sophomore Josh Jung tops the squad in RBI (34) and runs scored (32). Tech has charged opposing pitchers with a 7.97 ERA, outscoring opponents 236-107 this season.
For the eighth-straight week, Tech is ranked inside the top 10, slotted fifth in the USA Today Coaches poll, No. 6 by Perfect Game and seventh by D1 Baseball & Baseball America.
After the midweek battle, the Red Raiders hit the road for a weekend set against Kansas in Lawrence on April 6-8 at Hoglund Ballpark.