Barnes, Neely Earn Additional Preseason All-America Honors
Feb. 13, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech junior center fielder Barrett Barnes was named a third team preseason All-American by Baseball America while senior right-handed pitcher John Neely was tabbed a second team preseason All-American by CollegeBaseballInsider.com, both outlets announced earlier today.
Barnes (Sugarland, Texas) picked up his fourth preseason All-America honor as he was named to CollegeBaseballInsider.com's honorable mention list. Barnes has now been named a preseason All-American by Perfect Game(third team), Baseball America (third team), College Sports Madness (fourth team) and CollegeBaseballInsider.com (honorable mention).
Barnes enters his third year at Tech with a .316 career batting average (136-for-431) with 118 runs scored, 34 doubles, 24 home runs, 91 RBI, 81 walks, 31-of-36 stolen bases. Last season he was named All-Big 12 first team after batting .290 with 47 runs, 15 doubles, 10 home runs and 38 RBI.
The Baseball America All-America team was voted on by Major League Baseball scouting directors. Barnes joined a total of nine outfielders who were named to either the first, second or third teams. Baseball America has also ranked Barnes as the No. 97 overall MLB Draft prospect for the 2012 draft.
Neely (Sugarland, Texas), who was also named a second team preseason All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, is one of the top returning closers in college baseball after going 9-1 with a 2.97 ERA in 60.2 innings last season with seven saves.
Neely has also been named to the preseason NCBWA Stopper of the Year Watch List, a list he was named to as a junior in 2011. Neely owns a 10-2 career record at Texas Tech with eight saves and a 3.81 ERA in 85.0 innings pitched with 72 strikeouts and 30 walks allowed.
Neely collected All-America honors following his junior season from NCBWA (third team) and CBI (honorable mention). In addition, Neely enters his senior season after having not given up a home run in his last 65.1 innings pitched, which dates back to 2010.
The Red Raiders open their 2012 season with Opening Day on Friday, Feb. 17, hosting Missouri State at 4 p.m. in the Red Raider Classic at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
Tickets for Opening Day and 2012 season tickets are still available. For tickets call (806) 742-TECH or go to www.TexasTech.com.
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