LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Josh Jung hit the first pitch of the seventh inning over the center field wall and Texas Tech held off Oklahoma State 8-6 on Friday in the opening game of the Lubbock super regional.
Jung, who was drafted No. 8 overall by the Texas Rangers on Monday night, gave Texas Tech a 7-5 lead with his 13th home run of the season. Brian Klein hit a sacrifice fly to right with the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth, scoring Max Marusak to cap the scoring.
Texas Tech (43-17), which is trying to reach the College World Series for the fourth time in six years, won its eighth straight game in the series with Oklahoma State (39-20).
Klein’s RBI single in the fourth gave Texas Tech a 4-2 lead and Cameron Warren’s fly ball was dropped by center fielder Trevor Boone, leading to two more runs later in the inning.
Freshman Micah Dallas (7-0) struck out nine through five innings for the win. John McMillon picked up his third save, striking out three over two innings.
Alix Garcia hit a long solo home run in the fifth for Oklahoma State and added a check-swing RBI single in the seventh.