Allen Named to Stopper of the Year Watch List

James Allen

Feb. 1, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State junior closer James Allen was named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Preseason Stopper of the Year watch list, the organization announced Tuesday.

Allen was one of 45 players nationally, including four from the Big 12, that were named to the seventh annual preseason watch list. The St. Charles, Mo., product was also a midseason candidate for the award as a sophomore in 2010, while he is the third K-State pitcher in the last four years to be named to the preseason watch list, joining Daniel Edwards (2008) and Thomas Rooke (2009).

Last season Allen went 5-1 with a 2.28 ERA and nine saves, which were the fourth most in school history. A member of the 2011 NCBWA Preseason All-America team, the right-hander held a 3-0 record and a 2.54 ERA with four saves against Big 12 opponents, while he limited conference foes to a league-low .189 batting average.

Allen enters the 2011 season third in school history with 14 career saves and fourth in career relief appearances with 52.

Kansas State, which is receiving votes in both the NCBWA and USA Today/ESPN Coaches’ preseason polls, opens the season on Friday, February 18, with a three game series at Pacific.

The Wildcats open their 31-game home schedule on Friday, March 4, with a four-game series against Western Illinois. Season and single-game tickets remain available through the K-State Athletics Ticket Office. Fans can purchase tickets from the office in Bramlage Coliseum, by phone at (800) 221-CATS or online at www.kstatesports.com/tickets.