WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2012 – 10:07 AM
Scott Lacefield (Twitter: @ScottLacefield)
This past weekend the Texas Tech baseball program had two more players added to its list of graduates for the year of 2012 as LHP Ben Flora and RHP John Neely walked across the stage and received their bachelor’s degrees from Texas Tech University.
Flora and Neely join OF Nick Hanslik and 1B Scott LeJeune as the most recent baseball student-athletes to graduate from Tech as all earned degrees in 2012.
Neely, who graduated with a degree in university studies, was one of the top pitchers for the Red Raiders during all three of his seasons at Tech. His breakthrough season came as a junior in 2011 when he went 9-1 with seven saves in 30 appearances with a 2.97 ERA. He was named a NCBWA third team All-American and was an All-Big 12 second team selection.
Following his senior season in 2012, Neely was selected by the Houston Astros in the 30th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Players Draft. Neely finished his Red Raider career with 13 wins, 4.20 ERA and nine saves in 141.1 innings with 55 outings and 13 starts.
Neely will report to spring training with the Astros on March 2.
Flora, an advertising major, made 79 career appearances in his four-year Tech career – a total that ranks him fourth all-time in school career history. A native of Plano, Flora pitched in 85.2 innings with 10 starts while notching 74 strikeouts. His 33 career appearances in Big 12 play ranks third all-time at Texas Tech.