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Warren, Jung Push No. 10 Texas Tech to 10-6 Win at Oklahoma

Oklahoma native Cameron Warren goes deep twice, hits go-ahead blast in the seventh.

 

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NORMAN, Okla. – Senior Cameron Warren and junior Josh Jung combined for seven hits and eight runs to help No. 10 Texas Tech baseball overcome a 6-3 deficit and run away with a 10-6 victory in the series opener on a wet Friday night at L. Dale Mitchell Park.

The Red Raiders (31-14, 12-7) have now won six straight Big 12 games for the first time since 2016 and move to a game out of first place in the league standings. During its six-game conference win streak, Tech is outscoring foes 53-19.

Playing in his home state, Warren finished 4-for-4 with two home runs and a double for his second career multi-home run game, the other also occurring in the state of Oklahoma at the 2018 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship in Oklahoma City. He connected on a solo blast to lead off the top of the sixth, before following up an inning later with a three-run shot that put Tech in front, 7-6.

Warren’s four hits and four runs scored were career highs. With four RBI in the game, he now has 60 on the season, which is 16 more than anyone else in the Big 12. The RBI leaderboard now features four Red Raiders making up the top four with Jung, sophomore Dylan Neuse and junior Brian Klein filling the ranks.

Jung continued his hot hitting as of late, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and four runs scored. He doubled and scored Tech’s first run of the game in the second, singled and scored on a Parker Kelly sacrifice bunt in the fourth that tied the game at 2-2. In the seventh, he doubled to extend a two-out rally and setup Warren’s go-ahead dinger. He scored the first of three runs in the ninth to provide insurance, drawing a leadoff walk before crossing home on a sacrifice bunt from sophomore Cody Masters.

The reigning Big 12 Player of the Week, Jung has hit safely in nine of the last 11 games with six of the multi-hit variety. In the last five games alone, Jung has a trio of three-hit games and has scored 11 times. He has taken over the team lead in batting at .348 for the year and his hitting .344 during conference play.

Junior right-hander Taylor Floyd came on in the seventh and retired the Sooners (30-16, 8-8) in order over the final three innings to pick up his second save of the year. Floyd struck out six of the nine batters he faced, needing just 35 pitches to do so with 29 of those strikes.

Freshman Hunter Dobbins (2-0) received the win after striking out two in a scoreless sixth. Freshman starter Micah Dallas and junior John McMillon combined to toss the first five innings of the contest, giving up six runs on seven hits with eight walks.

Winners of five of their last six entering Friday, the Sooners jumped out to an early 2-0 lead with a two-run home run from catcher Brady Lindsly, who led OU by going 4-for-5 with four RBI.

Trailing 2-1 entering the fourth, Tech jumped in front briefly as Oklahoma’s lone error of the game allowed Warren to score from third. The Sooners, however, regained the lead in the home half of the inning after loading the bases and drawing consecutive RBI walks. OU scored two more in the fifth on a single from Lindsly to gain a 6-3 advantage.

Warren’s leadoff homer in the sixth chipped into the lead before his three-run smash in the seventh gave Tech the lead for good. The Red Raiders manufactured three runs in the ninth to create separation with RBI from Masters, freshman Tanner O’Tremba and Fulford.

Texas Tech will look for its first series win in Norman since 1999 as it squares off again with the Sooners on Saturday.

–TECH–

Ty Parker


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