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Jung, Little earn Freshman All-America honors from Baseball America

Posted: June 26, 2017 - 5:17pm

The future is certainly bright for the Texas Tech baseball team.

That fact was proven Monday as freshman Josh Jung and Grant Little were named First Team Freshman All-American by Baseball America.

Jung and Little are the first pair of Red Raiders teammates to earn the honor in the same season. It’s the third Freshman All-America honor for Jung, while Little garnered his second accolade.

Right-handed pitcher Davis Martin, of San Angelo, earned the honor back in 2016.

After Monday’s awards, the Texas Tech baseball program has been awarded 10 freshman awards in the past five years with Tim Tadlock and his coaching staff at the helm.

Jung, who hails from San Antonio, was also selected as a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and Perfect Game/Rawlings. The third baseman started all 62 games — one of two players to do so for the Red Raiders. He displayed a solid bat and even better glove at the hot corner.

In his first collegiate season, Jung hit .306 with 14 doubles, two triples and six home runs. The right-handed batter also notched 43 RBIs, and scored 55 runs — ranking him second in the Big 12 Conference.

Jung ended his freshman campaign with 24 multi-hit performances — including a six, three-hit contests and one four-hit game. Little also touted a consistent bat, reaching base safely in 29 straight games from March 18 through April 30. He was the first Red Raider to accomplish the feat since 2015.

While his non-conference slate was strong, Jung stepped up his game in Big 12 play by notching a slash line of .351/.543/.456 while tallying 33 hits, 15 RBIs and scoring a team-leading 25 runs in 24 conference contests. His efforts helped him garner a Big 12 Freshman of the Year award, a second team All-Big 12 honor and a unanimous All-Big 12 Freshman selection.

As for Little, the outfielder garnered his second accolade from the National College Baseball Writer’s Association.

Little appeared in 53 games, starting 49 in the outfield, last season for the Red Raiders. He hit at a .335 clip while recording 69 hits — which consisted of 17 doubles, three triples and two home runs. The Midland native also scored 52 runs and drove in 34 RBIs.

Just like Jung, Little finished his freshman season with 24 multi-hit games, featuring seven three-hit performances and two four-hit bids. His most important day at the plate came May 19 against Kansas, which included three hits to help the Red Raiders clinch a share of the Big 12 Championship in the series finale.

Little was one of four Red Raiders to record five or more RBIs in a game last season. He ended his season with 10 multi-RBI performances.

In Big 12 play, Little also brought up his level of play by tallying 26 hits — consisting of a team-best nine doubles, one triple and one home run while maintaining a .333 batting average and .513 slugging percentage. Thanks to his efforts in the box and on the field, Little earned unanimous All-Big 12 Freshman Team accolades.

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