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John Neely & Ben Flora Earn Degrees from Texas Tech

Neely (left) and Flora (right) each earned degrees from Texas Tech on Saturday

Dec. 15, 2012

LUBBOCK, Texas - Former Texas Tech baseball student-athletes John Neely and Ben Flora graduated with bachelor degrees from Texas Tech University on Saturday.

Neely, a right-handed pitcher from Sugar Land, Texas, pitched three seasons (2010-12) on the Red Raiders team while Flora, a left-handed pitcher from Plano, Texas, was a four-year letterwinner on the Red Raiders squad.

Neely, who became the 30th All-American in Texas Tech baseball history during his junior season in 2011, graduated with a degree in university studies. He finished his Tech career with 13 wins, 4.20 ERA and nine saves in 141.1 innings with 55 appearances and 13 starts.

Neely was one of a school-record nine Major League Baseball Draft picks by the Red Raiders in 2012 while being selected by his hometown Houston Astros in the 30th round of the draft. Neely will report to spring training with the Astros on March 2.

Flora, who earned a degree in advertising, finished his Red Raider career with 79 appearances, a mark that ranks fourth all-time in Texas Tech career history.

He also made 10 starts with 85.2 innings pitched with 74 strikeouts. Flora's 33 career appearances in Big 12 play ranks third all-time in Texas Tech history.



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