Texas Tech third baseman Josh Jung is undoubtedly having one of the best seasons in college baseball this year. His play has been so elite, that it’s actually tough to find a spot to begin.
Since we have to start somewhere, let’s start with runs batted in. Jung is fourth in the nation with 73 RBI this year. His .381 batting average is among the top 30 in the country. Jung also has 29 multi-hit games, 33 extra base hits (16 doubles, six triples, and 11 homers), and an OPS of 1.153. The offensive numbers go on and on.
Jung has also been named Big 12 Player of the Week two times this year. As for the defensive side of the ball, Jung has a .949 fielding percentage.
Jung attributes his success at the plate to something that a lot of good hitters do. He says “trying to be as consistent as possible, sticking to a simple approach” helps him to have the best at bat possible.
The epitome of Jung’s offensive prowess came during the April 17 win at New Mexico. Jung could do no wrong that day. He reached base six times by going 5-5 with a walk. He scored four runs, hit two home runs, and had eight RBI that night. For good measure, Jung also hit for the cycle.
“I would say it was one of my best games ever. It was my 100th career consecutive start for Tech, never homered twice in a game, never had eight RBI in a single game, and never hit for the cycle,” Jung said.
Heading into his last at bat, Jung still needed to record the hardest leg of the cycle, the triple.
“I knew going into the later innings that I was a triple shy of the cycle. But, all I was trying to accomplish was to keep getting a good pitch to hit and putting a good swing on it,” Jung said. “Trying to stay gap to gap and within myself, within my approach.”
Fortunately for Jung, he put a ball in the gap and had a chance at history.
“When I hit that ball, I was thinking three all the way, no hesitation, I was not going stop. No stop sign was going to stop me,” Jung said.
And nothing has stopped Josh Jung all year. He’s been on such a torrid pace, that Wareham will not be his only stop for the summer.
Jung will also have the prestigious honor of playing for Team USA this summer in addition to playing for the Gatemen.
Despite being such an accomplished player already, Jung wants to get a lot out of the summer and hopes to “lock down on fundamentals, fine tune my approach at the plate, and just keep learning and improving on the mental game.”
While Jung knows that baseball is very important in his life, he acknowledges that he is defined by more than the game.
Jung believes that his faith is a big part of his life and even lists “Ephesians 6:11” and “Competitor for Christ” in his Twitter bio as a reminder of that.
“It [faith] has been a big part of my life. Knowing that baseball doesn’t define me, that my identity is in something bigger than myself. Helps keep things in perspective on the peaks and valleys on the road to success,” Jung said. “No matter the outcome on the field, the man upstairs sent his son to break our chains of sin and for that I am forever thankful.”