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John Neely Earns Second All-America Award From CBI

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Neely earns his second All-American award following a standout junior season

July 14, 2011

2011 CollegeBaseballInsider.com All-America Teams

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).

He is only the third Red Raider to be named All-American since 2000, joining Cameron Blair (2004, 2005) and Josh Brady (2004).

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.

Texas Tech All-Americans
2011 - John Neely
2005 - Cameron Blair
2004 - Cameron Blair
2004 - Josh Brady
1999 - Shane Wright
1999 - Josh Bard
1998 - Shane Wright
1998 - Josh Bard
1998 - Keith Ginter
1997 - Josh Bard
1997 - Joe Dillon
1997 - Keith Ginter
1997 - Jason Gooding
1996 - Clint Bryant
1996 - Matt Kastelic
1996 - Matt Miller
1995 - Clint Bryant
1995 - Matt Miller
1995 - Dion Ruecker
1995 - Randy DuRoss
1995 - Jason Totman
1995 - Brandon Welch
1994 - Brandon Welch
1994 - Ryan Nye
1994 - Saul Bustos
1993 - Saul Bustos
1993 - Mike Kinney
1993 - Travis Driskill
1991 - Mark Brandenburg
1984 - John Grimes
1983 - Jimmy Zachry
1982 - Bobby Kohler
1980 - Bobby Kohler
1977 - Gary Ashby
1976 - Ron Mattson
1971 - Ruben Garcia
1971 - Barry Hoffpauir
1971 - Doug Ault
1969 - Jerry Haggard

 

 

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