New Mexico gets a chance at revenge against Dallas Baptist in their opening round regional game.
The New Mexico Lobos are opening of NCAA Tournament play in the Lubbock Regional where they will face off against Dallas Baptist in the second game of the day and first pitch will be at approximately at 7 p.m. ET after Texas Tech hosts Fairfield.
For those who are unaware this regional is a double-elimination tournament with the winner moving onto the Super Regional round.
These two teams played earlier this year so Dallas Baptist and New Mexico are familiar with each other. The Lobos lost all three games and one of the games was an historic output with the Patriots winning 33-8.
We spoke with Reagan Ratcliff, who is the assistant director of athletics for media relations, about the prior series.
That was a wild series that weekend in Albuquerque and you saw a little bit of everything from great pitching, to offense, to a dramatic comeback. Game one was a pitcher's duel, as DBU led 3-2 going to the eighth inning, before pulling out a 5-2 win. In the 33-run game on Saturday, the Patriots just had one of those days at the plate where everything clicked. They are dangerous 1-9 in the lineup and can hurt you in a lot of ways and that day it just all came together. In the finale, DBU trailed 11-2 going to the fifth inning, before mounting a 12-11 comeback win.
That's been a staple of this team all year. No matter what the score is, there is a belief within the dugout that they are going to comeback. New Mexico brings in a very talented team that is also playing their best baseball down the stretch. They feature one of the best offenses in college baseball, so pitching and defense will be huge key on Friday. It should make for a great match-up to start the regional in Lubbock.
No. 4. Fairfield at No. 1 Texas Tech | ESPN3 | Stats | 3 p.m. ET
No. 3 New Mexico vs. No. 2 Dallas Baptist | ESPN3 | Stats | 7 p.m. ET
You can also stream the Lobo broadcast on ESPN 101.7.