May 20, 2011
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State junior closer James Allen was one of 36 players nationally to be named a semifinalist for the 2011 Dick Howser Trophy, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) has announced.
The Dick Howser Trophy, given in memory of former Florida State All-America shortstop and major league player and manager, is regarded by many as college baseball’s most prestigious award. It is the first time Allen has been in contention for the award in his career, and he is the first Wildcat to be named a semifinalist for the award since A.J. Morris in 2009.
Allen is one of just three Big 12 players on the list, joining Texas’ Taylor Jungmann and Cory Knebel, while Allen and Knebel are joined by Matt Price of South Carolina as the only three relief pitchers named semifinalists.
Allen holds a 2-1 record with a 0.80 ERA and 15 saves this season. His save total was tied for third nationally entering the weekend and is the top mark in school history. The right-hander also holds the Kansas State career saves record at 29. In addition to being named a Dick Howser Trophy semifinalist, Allen is also on the midseason watch list for the NCBWA Stopper of the Year award and is a quarterfinalist for the College Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher of the Year award.
The St. Charles, Mo., product earned First Team Academic All-Big 12 honors earlier this week, while he 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 membership of the NCBWA will choose the Dick Howser Trophy recipient based on two rounds of national voting. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Dick Howser Trophy, and the trophy will be awarded during the College World Series at TD Ameritrade in Omaha, Neb., on June 21.