A Red Raider has won the award twice in the three years it has been presented
LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech baseball’s Jace Jung was named a finalist for the fourth-annual Bobby Bragan Collegiate Slugger Award (BBCSA), the Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation announced.
Jung is one of four finalists for the award, which honors the top slugger in the country and is based on performance at the plate, academics and personal integrity.
The Red Raiders have a strong history with the award, now in its fifth year of existence. A Red Raider has won the award in two of the three years it has been presented, beginning with Hunter Hargrove in 2017 followed by Josh Jung in 2019. Both Josh Jung and Cameron Warren were finalists in 2019.
The Bragan Slugger Award originally started out in 2017 as an honor going to the top college hitter in Texas. In 2019, the BBCSA expanded becoming a regional award covering Division I programs in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico and Oklahoma. Last year, the BBCSA became a national award; however, no winner was announced due to the Covid-19 virus, which cut the college baseball season short.
Jung was named Big 12 Player of the Year while leading the Red Raiders to another stellar season that has them advancing to their third consecutive NCAA Super Regional. He leads the Big 12 with 21 home runs, 67 RBI, and a .706 slugging percentage. His RBI total is the highest of any Power-5 player. Additionally, he accomplished the rare feat of reaching base safely in every game during the regular season.
It’s the latest nod for Jung, who was a unanimous choice to the All-Big 12 First Team in addition to garnering Player of the Year honors. Jung is also a Dick Howser Trophy semifinalist and is currently on the midseason watch list for the Golden Spikes Award.
Release provided by Ty Parker Texas Tech Athletics