Allen Named Big 12 Co-Pitcher of the Week

James Allen

April 26, 2011

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Kansas State junior pitcher James Allen was named the Big 12 Co-Pitcher of the Week after his performance last weekend against Texas Tech, the conference office announced Tuesday. It is the first career distinction for Allen, while he is the second K-State pitcher this season to earn the nod after starter Kyle Hunter was honored two weeks ago.

Allen recorded a save in all three games against the Red Raiders, the first Wildcat with three saves in a conference series in the Big 12 era and the first by a conference pitcher since 2009. In the process, the right-hander broke two school records as he tallied his 13th save of the season and his 27th of his career on Saturday. Allen eclipsed the records held by Daniel Edwards, who had 12 in 2008 and 26 in his career.

The St. Charles, Mo., product preserved a pair of one-run games on Thursday and Friday. His save in Saturday’s series finale gave Kansas State its first ever sweep of Texas Tech.

In four total appearances last week, Allen lowered his ERA to 0.63 and extended a streak in which he earned a win or save in nine of 11 outings through play on Saturday.

Named to the midseason watch list for the NCBWA Stopper of the Year award last week, Allen has surrendered just two earned runs on the season, both coming in the same game in which he walked five batters. After Monday’s performance against Cal State Bakersfield in which he earned his 14th save of the year, Allen has not allowed an earned run in his other 20 appearances combined and has just walked one with 35 strikeouts in 28.1 innings.

Kansas State completes its midweek series at Cal State Bakersfield on Tuesday with an 8 p.m. (CT) first pitch. The Wildcats will then travel to Stillwater, Okla., for a three-game set at Oklahoma State, beginning Friday at 6:30 p.m.