Allen Named Louisville Slugger All-American
June 2, 2011
FULLERTON, Calif. - Kansas State junior relief pitcher James Allen was named Thursday to the Louisville Slugger All-America Team by Collegiate Baseball.
Allen, a First-Team All-Big 12 performer, was named to the third team by Collegiate Baseball. His All-American designation is the ninth overall for the Wildcats over the last three seasons.
A product of St. Charles, Mo., Allen enters play at the NCAA Fullerton Regional tied for third in the country with 17 saves, just one shy of the national lead. He holds a 3-1 record and a 1.35 ERA this season, allowing just six earned runs in 40 innings while opponents are hitting just .179 against the right-hander.
With two saves in last week's Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship, Allen extended his Kansas State single-season and career (31) marks, and he is now tied for fourth in Big 12 history in career saves.
Allen is the third-straight Wildcat to earn All-American status from Collegiate Baseball and the fourth in five years after Nick Martini (third team), A.J. Morris (first-team) and Daniel Edwards (third team) were honored following the 2010, 2009 and 2007 seasons, respectively.
Third-seeded Kansas State opens play at the 2011 NCAA Fullerton Regional at 6 p.m., (CT) Friday against No. 2-seed Stanford at Goodwin Field. The game will be televised by ESPNU and can be heard throughout the state of Kansas on the K-State Sports Network.