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Hitter of the Week: diamond in the rough

It was a disappointing weekend for the Red Raiders, but one player stood out more than the others.

I admit, this was a hard one to pick. While the game against New Mexico State was a shutout, the Frisco Classic did not go so well for the Red Raiders. The team didn’t have very many hits over all, and they definitely did not have very many runs, but they did have Josh Jung, who helped the Red Raiders in one way or another in all three games this week.

During Tuesday’s match against New Mexico State, the Red Raiders outhit the Aggies 12-5 on the day. Out of those hits, Texas Tech was able to score six runs through the middle three frames. It was easily their best performance of the season so far. Josh Jung finished 1-for-4 for the day. His only run came in the fifth inning. He led off with a walk and scored on a base hit from sophomore designated hitter Cody Masters. The Red Raiders defeated the Aggies 7-0.

In the loss against Nebraska, junior Josh Jung led the Red Raiders at the plate, collecting two of the team’s season-low four hits. The Red Raiders opened the scoring in the top of the third with Jung’s double to center field. Klein drove him in one pitch later, getting a ground ball past the second baseman to put Tech in front 1-0, but in the end, the Red Raiders fell to the Huskers 2-1. Jung finished 2-for-4 with Tech’s only run of the game.

In the Mississippi State game, Jung may not have scored, but he drove Holt in with a fielder’s choice in the infield after a base hit, wild pitch and stolen base put him on third and in perfect position for Jung to get him back to home plate. Unfortunately, the drive was not enough as the Red Raiders lost to Mississippi State, 4-2.

Sunday’s game against Sam Houston State was cancelled due to freezing temperatures across Texas. This is the second game of the season that has been cancelled due to weather. In this case, I don’t think it’s a bad thing. The Red Raiders will face Sand Diego State for a two-game series this week. They will need the extra day off to get some rest.