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Red Raider Profile: John Neely

John Neely earned one win and a save in 24.1 innings pitched last season

John Neely earned one win and a save in 24.1 innings pitched last season

Oct. 5, 2010

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LUBBOCK, Texas - 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.

John Neely (RHP - 6-2, 170 - R/R - Jr./1L - Sugarland, Texas/Clements/North Central Texas College)

John Neely made three starts in Big 12 Conference action before suffering a season-ending injury that saw his season cut short after pitching 3.2 innings at home against Kansas State on April 1. Neely's performances improved each time he took the mound. In fact, the transfer from North Central Texas College picked up his lone win of the season against then-No. 8 Texas at Dan Law Field on March 26.

For the season, Neely was 1-1 in 10 appearances (three starts) with a 5.92 ERA in 24.1 innings. He allowed 33 base hits, 20 runs (16 earned) with 16 strikeouts while issuing nine walks.

Neely picked up his only save of the season pitching 2/3 of an inning at home against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in a 9-5 Red Raider victory.

"John is a sinker baller who throws a lot of strikes," head coach Dan Spencer said. "He is a very good competitor who has some experience now, after playing a partial season last year. He has also come a long way as far as maturing as a kid. He is a guy we are going to count on to throw a lot of innings this spring."

Neely is one of only five returning Tech pitchers from last season that threw at least 20 innings.



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