This week’s Hitter of the Week turned into Hitter of the Last Two Weeks. Sorry guys! My bad! The choice was easy though mainly because this week’s recipient was named Big 12 Player of the Week last Monday after hitting .583 with two home runs, two doubles, seven walks and eight RBI the previous week. Junior Josh Jung has been an integral part of the team’s victories and his performance the last few weeks has been hard to ignore.
Let’s start out with his performance two weeks back. On April 23, against the New Mexico Lobos, the Red Raiders, remained tied with the Lobos for a few innings, but finally took the lead in the seventh after back-to-back singles from sophomore Dylan Neuse and Brian Klein put runners at the corners. When junior Josh Jung stepped in, he demolished a double off the top of the wall in center to score Neuse and that was enough to carry the Red raiders to victory. On April 26 – 28, the Red Raiders faced a ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys team at the Law. Jung started out the weekend going 2-for-3 with a home run, two walks and a season-high four RBI. He capped off the victory with a three-run laser over the left field wall in the bottom of the eighth that made the score 12-4. Jung followed on Saturday going 3-for-3 with two walks. He homered for the second-straight day, connecting on a two-run shot in the third that put Tech in front 4-2. He singled in the fifth and doubled in the seventh for his fifth three-hit game of the season and he scored three times to match his season high. With his performance, he became Tech’s RBI leader for the month of April.
In game two against the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros last Wednesday, the Red Raiders accumulated a season-high 20 hits and acquired home runs from Josh Jung, Cameron Warren and Kurt Wilson along the way. Jung, who went 3-for-4 with two RBI and three runs, connected on a solo home run to make it a 9-2 game.
Next on the schedule came the Oklahoma Sooners for a three-game series over the weekend. Junior Josh Jung combined with Cameron Warren to complete seven hits and eight runs to help Texas Tech baseball clinch the series opener with a 10-6 victory in on Friday night at L. Dale Mitchell Park in Norman. Jung continued his hitting streak going 3-for-4 with two doubles and four runs scored. Just to list a couple of his accomplishments on Friday: he doubled and scored Tech’s first run of the game in the second and he singled and scored on a sacrifice bunt in the fourth. On Saturday, Jung who came up with a key hit as he hit a two-run blast to extend the lead to three. Then in the seventh, he greeted a fresh pitcher with a two-run homer to finish off the day. To complete the sweep, Jung continued his performance going 4-for-5 with three doubles and two runs driven in. He capped off a big weekend, hitting .615 with six of his eight hits going for extra bases. For the week, including his performance against UTRGV, he hit .550 with five doubles, two dingers, five walks and six RBI.
Like I said before, his performance the last few weeks has been hard to ignore, and I am sure we can expect a lot more from him as the season slowly comes to an end.