Texas Tech roundup: Trio of Red Raiders earn all-America honors

Texas Tech pitcher Brandon Birdsell was a third-team all-America honoree on the Perfect Game team released Wednesday. Birdsell, previously named Big 12 pitcher of the year, went 9-3 with a 2.75 earned-run average.
Texas Tech pitcher Brandon Birdsell was a third-team all-America honoree on the Perfect Game team released Wednesday. Birdsell, previously named Big 12 pitcher of the year, went 9-3 with a 2.75 earned-run average.

A trio of Texas Tech baseball players received all-America honors on Wednesday.

Jace Jung was named a first-team all-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and Perfect Game.

The junior second baseman made the all-Big 12 first team. He hit .335 with 14 home runs and 57 runs batted in.

Jung's 59 walks are tied for fifth in NCAA Division I, and his 68 runs scored and 1.093 on base-plus-slugging percentage both rank fourth in the Big 12.  He finished with 75 hits, including 18 doubles.

Brandon Birdsell earned third-team all-America recognition from Perfect Game. He and Jung were also named to the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings all-Central Region first team.

Texas Tech second baseman was named a first-team all-American on teams released Wednesday by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and Perfect Game.
Texas Tech second baseman was named a first-team all-American on teams released Wednesday by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and Perfect Game.

Birdsell went 9-3 with a 2.75 earned-run average and was named Big 12 pitcher of the year. He struck out 106 in 85 innings, walked 29 and held opponents to a .216 batting average.

There were 18 players on the all-region team, 12 from the Big 12. All first-team selections are eligible for ABCA/Rawlings all-America honors, which will be announced Friday before the start of the College World Series.

Jung was a third-team all-America pick last season, when he also made the all-region first team. This is Birdsell's first selection to the all-region first team.

Texas Tech catcher Hudson White was named to the freshman all-America team selected by Perfect Game and announced Wednesday. White previously was named a freshman all-American by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.
Texas Tech catcher Hudson White was named to the freshman all-America team selected by Perfect Game and announced Wednesday. White previously was named a freshman all-American by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.

Tech catcher Hudson White was named to Perfect Game's freshman all-America team. White hit .260 with six homers and 40 RBI. Last week, he was named to the freshman all-America selected by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.

White was also the Big 12 freshman of the year.

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Texas Tech pitchers Andrew Morris and Chase Hampton are among 255 players scheduled to take part in the Major League Baseball pre-draft combine unfolding this week at Petco Park in San Diego.

The combine, being staged for the second year in a row, began Wednesday and continues through Monday. It includes 139 of MLB.com's top 200 draft prospects. The group of attendees includes 137 college players and 118 from high schools.

The 2022 season was Morris' fourth and Hampton's second as college players. Hampton is draft-eligible because he turns 21 on Aug. 7, within 45 days of the draft scheduled for July 17-19.

Morris, pitching as Tech's No. 1 starter this season, went 8-2 with a 4.58 earned-run average. He threw 88 1/3 innings, striking out 91 and walking 28. Opponents hit .240 against him.

Hampton, who made 11 starts in 15 appearances, went 5-4 with a 4.29 ERA. He threw 56 2/3 innings, striking out 72 and walking 28.

Hampton came on at the end of the season. In his last four appearances — against Baylor, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Notre Dame — he struck out seven, nine, nine and 12 batters, respectively. He pitched to a 1.66 earned-run average over those appearances, which covered 21 2/3 innings.

Tech second baseman Jace Jung, No. 8 in MLB.com's current draft prospect ranking, is among 10 players in the top 30 not expected at the combine.

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