Allen Named Quarterfinalist for Pitcher of the Year Award

James Allen

May 6, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State junior closer James Allen is one of 25 quarterfinalists for the 2011 Pitcher of the Year Award, the College Baseball Hall of Fame has announced.

Allen is the second Wildcat to be recognized as a quarterfinalist for the award after A.J. Morris was a finalist in 2009. He is one of six Big 12 pitchers on the list, joining Michael Rocha (Oklahoma), Cory Knebel (Texas), Taylor Jungman (Texas), Ross Stripling (Texas A&M) and John Neely (Texas Tech).

Allen has been among the leading relief pitchers in the country and is currently tied for the national lead with a Big 12-leading 15 saves entering the weekend. Allen was named the Big 12 Co-Pitcher of the Week on April 25 after recording a save in all three games against Texas Tech, the first Wildcat pitcher with three saves in a series in the Big 12 era. A member of the midseason watch list for the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award, Allen is 2-1 with a 0.88 ERA and has earned a win or a save in 11 of his last 13 outings.

College baseball’s version of the Cy Young Award, the Pitcher of the Year Award will be presented in Lubbock, Texas, on July 3, as part of the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions.