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Red Raider Profile: Ben Flora

Flora is one of 14 returning pitchers for Texas Tech

Sept. 15, 2011

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The Texas Tech baseball team's fall season is underway and throughout the remainder of the semester Texas Tech Athletics Communications will take an inside look into the Tech program with Red Raider Profiles on each player.

Ben Flora (LHP - 5-11, 175 - L/L - Sr./3L - Plano, Texas/Plano West)

When looking at the Red Raiders roster, there is one immediate strength that will pop out: Experience. Going into last season the concern was the experience, especially on the mound. That won't be the case for the 2012 Texas Tech squad.

One key member of the Red Raiders pitching staff, and also the most experienced is three-year letterwinner Ben Flora. He enters his senior season leading all active Red Raiders with 61 career appearances, a total that also ranks tied for eighth all-time in the school's record book.

Flora made 24 appearances and three starts during his junior season in 2011. He notched 22.2 innings pitched and struck out 19 batters. In Flora's 21 relief outings, he allowed only 2-of-12 inherited base runners to score.

At one point Flora allowed just two earned runs in 10 outings, a stretch of nearly a month (April 8-May 1). Overall, he made 10 scoreless appearances and struck out multiple batters in four contests.

"He has a lot of experience, he has pitched a lot here," head coach Dan Spencer said. "Ben has good stuff and he has a good breaking ball. He is a guy who could really solidify us wherever he pitches."

In addition, following Flora's senior campaign, he will join Cory Large (2006-09) as the only Texas Tech left-handed pitchers to earn four varsity letters since 2000.



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