Allen Earns First Team All-America Honors

James Allen

June 15, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State junior relief pitcher James Allen was named a First Team All-American, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association of America (NCBWA) announced Wednesday.

Allen earned his second all-America designation of 2011 after Collegiate Baseball placed the closer on its third team. A First-Team All-Big 12 performer, Allen picked up Kansas State's 10th First Team All-American honor, and he is the second Wildcat to earn a first-team honor in the past three seasons after A.J. Morris' five designations in 2009.

A product of St. Charles, Mo., Allen was one of 18 players nationally selected to the NCBWA first team, while he is one of just three relief pitchers. Allen was joined by Texas pitchers Taylor Jungmann and Corey Knebel on the first team. Texas Tech reliever John Neely, along with Texas A&M outfielder Tyler Naquin and pitcher Ross Stripling, were named to the third team.

A seventh-round selection by Cincinnati in last week's MLB Draft, Allen put together one of the best seasons by a relief pitcher in school history. During his junior campaign in 2011, Allen set the K-State records for career (31) and single-season (17) saves. He currently ranks tied for sixth nationally in saves this season, just two behind Knebel. His 31 career saves are also tied for fourth in Big 12 history.

Allen held a 3-1 record and a 1.35 ERA in 2011, and he struck out 45 batters as opposed to just 11 walks in 40.0 innings of work. His 29 appearances this season were tied for the third-most in school history and improved his career total to 81, which is second in school history.