One of the Big 12's top closers from a year ago... A 2011 Preseason All-American who will be called upon to finish the game again as a junior... Enters the season third in school history with 14 career saves and fourth in career relief appearances with 52.
Freshman (2009): Saw action in 24 games in his first season in a Wildcat uniform, tying for 10th in school history for single-season relief appearances... Recorded a team-best five saves, which tied for seventh in the Big 12 and set a K-State freshman record... Earned Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American honors from Collegiate Baseball... Went 2-1 with a 5.50 ERA, allowing 22 earned runs in 36.0 innings... Tallied a 41-to-12 strikeout to walk ratio... Retired 15-of-24 (.625) first batters faced... Pitched 2.2 scoreless innings, allowing two hits with a season-high five strikeouts, to earn a victory against Kansas in the Big 12 Championship... Also tallied four strikeouts in a season-long 3.2-inning outing at No. 8 Baylor... Recorded his second save of the season against No. 4 Arizona State... Picked up his fifth save in a one-inning outing at Nebraska.
Francis Howell HS: Lettered three years for the Vikings under head coach Tony Perkins... Named all-metro, all-conference and all-state as a junior and senior... Tallied a 4-0 record in 2008, while hitting .448 with eight doubles, five home runs and 34 RBI... Led team to conference and district championships as a senior, while his team finished second in the state... Also led the Vikings to a conference championship as a junior, hitting .430 with five doubles, one home run and 19 RBI.
Personal: James Matthew Allen was born November 20, 1989, in St. Louis, Mo... Son of Jim and Mary Allen... Has one sister, Julie... Involved in Fellowship of Christian Athletes... Majoring in business administration.