Dec. 16, 2010
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State outfielder Nick Martini and relief pitcher James Allen were named to the 11th annual Pro-Line Athletic National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) preseason All-America team, the organization announced Wednesday.
Both players earned third-team honors as they became the first Wildcats since closer Daniel Edwards in 2008 to earn preseason All-America accolades from the organization. They were also just two of six players from the Big 12 on the list, joining Texas starting pitcher Cole Green (first team), Texas A&M relief pitcher John Stilson (first team), Oklahoma third baseman Garrett Buechele (second team) and Texas starting pitcher Taylor Jungmann (second team).
Martini is the reigning Big 12 Player of the Year and was a Second Team All-American pick by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) following a sophomore season in which he led the conference in hitting with a .416 average. The Crystal Lake, Ill., product, who will begin 2011 second on the school’s career batting average list at .376, also led the Big 12 last year in on-base percentage (.509), fueled by 96 hits and 41 walks, which ranked second and third in the league, respectively.
One of the top closers in the conference last season, Allen recorded nine saves, including four in Big 12 play to rank third in the league. Allen, an All-Big 12 selection in 2010 by the Waco Tribune, held a 2.54 ERA against Big 12 opponents to rank fifth in the league, while he held conference foes to a Big 12-low .156 batting average.
Kansas State begins the 2011 season on Friday, February 18, with a three-game series at Pacific, while the Cats open their home slate on Friday, March 4, with four-game weekend against Western Illinois.
Every game in 2011 will be broadcast for the first time in school history as fans can catch the game either online for free at www.k-statesports.com and www.1350kman.com, over the air on SportsRadio 1350 KMAN or across the K-State Sports Network. A complete broadcast list, including televised games, will be released at a later date.
Season and single-game ticket information will also be announced at a later date.