Josh Jung, future Gatemen third baseman, had a hot start this weekend for his collegiate team, the nationally third-ranked Red Raiders of Texas Tech. This opening weekend, he helped his team to a four-game sweep over the Black Bears of the University of Maine.
In a press conference presented by Texas Tech TV before the season opener Jung said, “I can’t wait. After what happened last year, how we ended our season, I feel like we underachieved, and I just can’t wait to get back out in front of this crowd and start playing again.” Jung’s excitement translated and he sure did not disappoint.
The sophomore infielder batted an overall .588 and had 10 hits over the course of the series, recording three homeruns, 6 singles, and 1 double. He also racked up a conference high 10 RBI, while scoring seven runs. These impressive stats earned him Big 12 Player of the Week honors on Monday.
Jung tallied one homerun every day of the weekend and a hit in all four contests. He put together multi-hit and multi-RBI outings in three of the four games.
Before the 2018 season started, Jung was one of 25 student-athletes placed on the Bobby Bragan Award Slugger Award Watch List. This was announced by the Bobby Bragan Youth Academy in early February. Nominations were open to all Division-I baseball programs in Texas, and the award is based on performance, academics, and personal integrity.
Jung has seemingly continued where he left off last year. He was voted Big 12 Freshman of the Year in 2017 and was named to Baseball America’s Freshman All-America First Team.
These awards came after he started in all 62 games at third base, and averaged .306 at the plate, racking up 75 hits. He recorded 43 RBI and 55 runs scored, which was second in the Big 12 Conference.
Jung and the Red Raiders take on the University of Texas, San Antonio this upcoming weekend.