LUBBOCK, Texas — Josh Jung hit the first pitch of the seventh inning over the center-field wall and Texas Tech held off Oklahoma State 8-6 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 consecutive game in the series with Oklahoma State (39-20).
The Red Raiders led 3-0 after three innings, but the Cowboys pulled within one on Trevor Boone’s two-run single against freshman Micah Dallas in the top of the fourth.
“We just told each other we got to compete better, have better (at-bats), see him up, stick with our approach the other way, and if he makes quality pitches just tip your cap and move on,” Boone said about the adjustments against Dallas.
Klein’s RBI single in the bottom half gave Texas Tech a 4-2 lead and Cameron Warren’s fly ball was dropped by center fielder Boone, leading to two more runs and a 6-3 lead.
Alix Garcia hit a long solo home run in the fifth for OSU and added a check-swing RBI single in the seventh.
Cowboys starter Jensen Elliott (10-4) allowed six runs (four earned) on seven hits, struck out and walked four in four innings.
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.
“He was throwing a lot of balls down, a lot of sliders down,” OSU’s Carson McCusker said about Dallas. “We didn’t make great adjustments in the first two innings, but once we did, we got to him. But it came a little too late.”
Game 2 of the best-of-3 series is 5 p.m. Saturday.
The Cowboys collected five hits and three runs against the Texas Tech bullpen.
“I told the guys I was very, very proud of the way they competed down the stretch, to the very last pitch, especially late in the game against some excellent relief pitchers,” OSU coach Josh Holliday said. “They were very competitive against them, put runners in position and competed pitch to pitch much better as the game went on.”
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Elliott, Lyons (5), Battenfield (7), Leeper (8) and Simpson; Dallas, Haveman (6), Floyd (7), McMillon (8) and Braxton. W: Dallas (7-0). L: Elliott (10-4). Sv: McMillon (3). HR: OSU, Garcia; TTU, Jung, Masters.