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Lubbock, Texas – Baseball team No. 4 Texas Tech rallied, scoring three runs down the ninth place, to defeat Kansas State 7-6 at Rip Griffin Park. Sense of freshman Jess Jung gave a home tour (Watch) to close out the comeback bid that decided the first sweep of the Big 12 series since 2019 (versus Oklahoma).

After trailing 6-4, all the way down to the last three, the Red Raiders (27-8, 7-2) only needed three hitters to go green. Zach Volich set the stage, having the best timed finish for his first home run of the season, knocking out the frame with a solo shot (Watch) over the left field wall using the first pitch he saw to cut the difference to one.

Cole Stilwell followed Vooletich with one song across the middle, and his third of the day, to represent the tie track at first base, and Jung is set.

Jung got into the at-bat with one hit in the series, hitting the same shooter he was facing during his last attack on the seventh, but he ended up getting rejected. Counting at 2-2, with both hits being five dirty balls, Eighth Court was the court Jung was waiting for when he shot him over the right center field fence. The match winner was the tenth to lead his team at home this season.

There wasn’t much in favor of the home team until theatrical performances in the bottom nine. Kansas State tackled a lockout run at the top of the ninth, and took three hits, starting with a double that eventually scored to make it a 6-4 contest.

Texas Tech’s attack was not put down by any stretch, scoring 12 hits over the first eight rounds. A pair of first-half double plays in the third and fourth games halted any runs scored in sets. The Tech scored one on three strokes in each of those two frames.

K-State jumped Sunday rookie Chase Hampton to take a home lead in the second, and again in the third. It was lifted after three rounds and three winning runs for Mason Molina. Trailing 3-0 in the third inning, Parker Kelly took a double and was later pushed through with a Vooletich sac fly to cut the difference to 3-1 after completing three.

Both teams scored once in the fourth inning, which kept them trailing in two rounds, 4-2. The Wildcats added their fifth in the fifth inning as the passing ball allowed the runner to score. The double and single lead action started in the base runner movement.

The Red Raiders scored twice at the bottom of the seventh place using a pair of RBI singles from Stilwell and Ty Coleman. Dalton Porter came to score using the song Stilwell (Watch), having equalized earlier, while Coleman hit (Watch) brought home Vooletich, who had reached base earlier by one song to make it one game, 5-4, before the wild ninth inning.

Stilwell led Texas Tech on Sunday by three strokes, while hitting base in four of his five board games. Stilwell finished the series against KSU going 7 for 12 (.583) of the plate. Vooletich, Coleman, Owen Washburn and Hudson White joined Stilwell as a multi-stroke hitter, scoring two each.

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Coach Tim Tadlock
In the back-and-forth battle on Sunday…

“It was fun. I really think we enjoyed this game from start to finish. Just a classic college baseball, a lot of hits thrown, really good defense from both teams, really good shots from both teams when calculating, some really good hits throughout. The match. The ball coming out of the park was obviously very exciting. I think I passed out for a while, I was a bit excited.”

On Jess Jong…

“What do you really want? [Jace Jung] What you have to do is go to the court, compete on the court, and kind of let the results speak for themselves. He had some good hits throughout the match and that [in the seventh] I think he just missed that one in the middle of the board. It’s hard to predict whether a player will hit the ball over the scoreboard, but having a professional sitting there in the three holes sure helps with that…. He works hard in his profession and is very diligent on pitching most of the time, he’s just like all of them, we all want to get hits. He’s really trying to do everything he can to help his team. All great hitters love to hit the big moments like this, and a lot of it has to do with how you prepare. They feel ready for that moment. It’s horrible fun when you get the ball out of the garden.”

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Texas Tech is back on the road for its next six games, starting with a neutral site contest against Oklahoma in Amarillo at the home of the Double-A Amarillo Sod Poodles. The game will go down as a competition without conferences despite being a Big 12 opponent. The Red Raiders and Sooners meet in the three-game Big 12 series during the last weekend of the regular season, May 19-21.

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