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Jung, Shetter lead Tech past Kansas, 16-4

Posted: May 19, 2017 - 9:47pm

Texas Tech is one win away from a share of the Big 12 title.

And it has a freshman to thank.

Josh Jung hit a three-run homer and drive in four runs as the fourth-ranked Red Raiders dispatched Kansas 16-4 Friday at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.

Jung singled up the middle and drove in a run in the first inning as Tech (41-13, 15-8 Big 12) took the early 1-0 lead.

Grant Little opened the fifth inning off with a double down the left-field line and Tanner Gardner walked.

Then Jung was at it again.

The freshman third baseman crushed a homer to right field and put the Red Raiders up 5-1.

Jung’s bat is about all Ryan Shetter needed Friday.

The right-hander shutdown Kansas, throwing a season-high seven innings — and 95 pitches — and only giving up a run on three hits. He struck out a season-high 11, as he continues to assert himself in the Tech rotation.

Kansas scored its only run off Shetter in the second inning when Jaxx Groshans triple to lead off the frame and later scored on a wild pitch. After that, he retired 17 straight batters — not giving up another baserunner until the seventh inning.

Tech, though, kept piling it on. In the sixth, Little, Brian Klein and Cody Farhat all doubled off the outfield wall — one to right, one to left and one to dead center. Farhat was 4 for 5 with three runs and and RBI.

The trio of off-the-wall doubles put Tech up 8-1. It didn’t stop there, either was Hunter Hargrove slapped a two-run single into right field to push across Tech’s fourth and fifth runs of the inning.

A wild pitch scored Hargrove and put the Red Raiders up 11-1. Farhat tripled in the seventh and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Klein, who drove in four runs.

Jake McDonald came on in the eight inning for Tech and struggled initially, giving up three unearned runs on a pair of hits, a walk and an error.

Tech has a chance to win the Big 12 title if it completes the sweep of Kansas at 2 p.m. Saturday. The Red Raiders came into the series 1 1/2 games behind TCU (38-13, 16-8) in the Big 12 standings. But, the Frogs wrapped up their season last weekend. And Tech needed a sweep of the Jayhawks to pull into a tie for first place.

Now, they just need one more win.

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