John Neely Earns Second All-America Award From CBI|
Neely earns his second All-American award following a standout junior season
July 14, 2011
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech junior right-handed pitcher John Neely (Sugarland, Texas) collected his second All-America honor this season when CollegeBaseballInsider.com selected him as an honorable mention All-American as a relief pitcher on Thursday.
Neely, who was named a third team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association on June 15, becomes the first Red Raider to earn multiple All-American awards in a season since 2005, when Cameron Blair was named to three teams (Collegiate Baseball, NCBWA, USA Today).
Neely paced the Red Raider bullpen this season with a 9-1 record in 30 appearances (all relief) with a 2.97 ERA, seven saves and 60.2 innings pitched with 56 strikeouts. He led Texas Tech in wins, ERA, appearances, saves, strikeouts and opponent batting average (.266).
Neely was named to a pair of national award watch lists, including the NCBWA Midseason Stopper of the Year list and to the National Pitcher of the Year list. He was one of only five pitchers in the nation to be named to both prestigious lists.
Neely's efforts as a junior placed him in several Tech single-season all-time record books, including appearances (2nd), winning percentage (T-3rd) and saves (6th).
Following a standout season, Neely was also named All-Big 12 second team by the league and earned All-Big 12 second team honors by the Waco Tribune-Herald. Neely went the entire season without allowing a home run, and dating back to 2010, Neely has gone 64.1 innings without allowing a long ball.
In addition, Neely's 2.97 ERA is the lowest by a Red Raider since 2006 (Colt Hynes, 2.93) and ranked 11th in the conference this season. His win total placed him fifth in the Big 12.
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