Texas Tech Baseball Honored Big Time in All Big 12 Awards
The Big 12 Champion Texas Tech Red Raiders cleaned up at the Big 12 Awards luncheon today. The 4th ranked Red Raiders had four players on the All Big 12 first team. They also had three on the All-Freshman team and one on the 2nd team and an Honorable Mention. They also had the Player of the Year, the Pitcher of the Year and the Freshman of the Year.
Senior 1st baseman Hunter Hargrove, Junior shortstop Orlando Garcia, Sophomore center fielfer Cody Farhat and Sophomore lefty Steven Gingery all received 1st team honors. Texas Tech led the league, along with TCU, with four players on the squad.
Hunter Hargrove was also tabbed as the Co-Player of the Year along with TCU catcher Evan Skoug. Hargrove led the league in doubles with 22 and is hitting .347 in his first season as the Red Raider 1st baseman, taking over the huge shoes of Eric Gutierrez. Hargrove more than exceeded the expectations placed on him after his breakout performance in the Regional and Super Regional in Lubbock last season.
Steven Gingery also doubled up on awards notching Big 12 Pitcher of the Year. Gingery is 8-1 this season with a sparkly, league leading 1.82 ERA. Following up on a solid freshman year Gingery put the staff on his back after fellow starter Davis Martin went down with an injury after the first Big 12 series. Gingery also led the conference in innings pitched with 79. His 93 strike outs were the most in a season by a Red Raider since Chad Bettis in 2010.
The 2nd Team featured Freshman 3rd baseman Josh Jung who also landed on the Freshman All-Big 12 team and was honored as the Big 12 Freshman of the year. Jung led the league in runs with 53 and hit .351 in conference play. He was also top 5 in the league in hits with 67 and top 10 in walks with 34 free passes.
Junior reliever Parker Mushinski was named honorable mention after posting a top 10 number of appearances with 28 and had a 2.16 ERA.
Joining Josh Jung on the Freshman All-Big 12 team were catcher Michael Berglund and outfielder Grant Little..
Both had incredible seasons for freshman but Grant little was arguably a snub to be left off of the 2nd team if not all-Big12 1st team. Little played in 46 games and hit .351, 3rd best in the conference, and won Player of the Week or his efforts against Kansas. He had 61 hits and 49 runs starting most of his games in the corner outfield spots.
Berglund hit over .300 playing very good defense for the Red Raiders. He played in 47 out of the 55 games providing 26 RBIs and scoring 23 runs.