Martini, Allen Named Freshman All-Americans

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State’s Nick Martini and James Allen were named to the 2009 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American team, Collegiate Baseball has announced.

 

Martini, a native of Crystal Lake, Ill., hit third in the Wildcat lineup for most of the season and did not disappoint. The freshman was third on the team with a .336 average, including a .324 mark in Big 12 Conference play. Martini also recorded 17 doubles, two triples, four home runs, 50 RBI and stole 19 bases, helping the Wildcats set the school mark of 149.

 

Martini tallied a season-high four hits against North Dakota (4/29) and hit two home runs against BYU (5/5). The left fielder also went 3-for-5 with four RBI in a win against top seed Rice at the 2009 NCAA Houston Regional.

 

Allen recorded a 2-1 record and five saves, the most by a freshman in Kansas State history. Allen, who held a 5.50 ERA in 24 appearances, was also tops in the team in strikeouts per inning (1.14).

 

Allen’s best outing of the season came in Kansas State’s win over Kansas in the 2009 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship. The right-hander pitched 2.2 scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out a season-high five batters. Allen also had three four-strikeout games against Baylor (3/29), BYU (5/4) and Kansas (5/17).

 

Kansas State has placed at least one player on the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American team in three of the last four seasons. Former pitcher Ben Hornbeck was honored in 2006, while pitcher Thomas Rooke made the list in 2008.

 

The two Wildcats were joined on this year’s squad by Big 12 Freshman of the Year in Oklahoma’s Garrett Buechele.