LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech baseball’s Josh Jung & Grant Little have been named Freshman All-Americans by D1 Baseball, the publication announced today.
Jung landed on the first team, while Little picked up second team accolades. It is the fourth Freshman All-America award for Jung and third for Little, giving Tech 13 freshman honors in five years under head coach Tim Tadlock and his staff.
Jung & Little are the first Tech teammates to be recognized by the publication and is the second time this year they’ve appeared on the same list, as they were honored by Baseball America on June 26. Jung, the San Antonio third baseman, also picked up the honor from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper & Perfect Game/Rawlings. Little, the Midland outfielder, earned the award from the National College Baseball Writer’s Association.
Texas Tech is one of four programs with multiple student-athletes among the two Freshman All-America teams and is the only school in the state of Texas or Big 12 with two honored by the publication.
Jung started in all 62 games at third base for the Red Raiders in 2017. He compiled a .306 average at the plate, racking up 75 hits, including 14 doubles, two triples and six homers. He also recorded 43 RBI and 55 runs scored, one off the team-best mark, which was also second in the Big 12.
He capped the year with a team-high 24 multi-hit performances, which included six three-hit bids and one four-hit game against Oklahoma State on April 21. He finished third among Red Raiders in multi-RBI games, putting together four days with three and one with four. From March 18 to April 30, he reached base safely in 29-straight games, the first Red Raider to do so since 2015.
Jung turned a strong conference slate into a Big 12 Freshman of the Year award, a second team All-Big 12 honor and a unanimous All-Big 12 Freshman nod. During conference play, Jung put together a .351/.543/.456 line with 33 hits, 15 RBI and 25 runs. He led Tech in runs and was second in hits by one during the 24-game Big 12 schedule.
Little appeared in 53 games in 2017, starting 49 in the outfield for the Red Raiders. He compiled a .335 average at the plate, racking up 69 hits, including 17 doubles, three triples and two homers. He also recorded 52 runs and drove in 34 RBI.
He finished his first year in the scarlet & black with a team-high 24 multi-hit games, which featured seven three-hit performances and two four-hit bids at New Mexico State on April 4 and against Kansas on May 18. In the two games following his last four-knock outing against Kansas, Little had two multi-double days, throwing down two on May 19 and three against the Jayhawks in the series finale, helping Tech clinch the Big 12 championship.
Little was one of four Red Raiders this season to produce five or more RBI in a game, doing so in the 21-3 rout of TCU on April 30. In that contest, he tallied three hits, coming a triple away from the cycle, driving home five RBI and scoring three times. Overall, Little capped the season with 10 multi-RBI performances.
In Big 12 action, Little put up 26 hits with a team-best nine doubles, along with a triple and a home run. He also scored 19 times and recorded 16 RBI for a .333 batting average and .513 slugging clip. His work during conference play helped him earn unanimous All-Big 12 Freshman Team honors.