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K-State's James Allen Among 6 Big 12 Players Named NCBWA All-Americans

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Kansas State relief pitcher James Allen is one of six players from the Big 12 to be named to National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association All-America Teams.

Allen is joined by Texas pitchers Taylor Jungmann and Corey Knebel on the NCBWA All-America first team. Sophomore outfielder Tyler Naquin and pitcher John Stripling from Texas A&M and John Neely, a pitcher from Texas Tech, were selected to the third team.

This was Allen’s second 2011 All-America selection. The Kansas State closer was named earlier as a third-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball. Allen was selected to the 2011 All-Big 12 team after setting K-State school records this year for career saves (31) and for a season (17). His save numbers this season currently have him tied for sixth in the country, just two spots behind Texas’ Knebel.

Jungmann was the unanimous selection as Big 12 Pitcher of the Year this season. As the Longhorns head into the College World Series this weekend, Jungmann leads the team with season record of 13-2 and a stingy 1.38 ERA. He also was selected by Collegiate Baseball to its 2011 All-America first team.

Jungmann’s teammate, Knebel, is a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy and the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award. He set the Texas freshman record this season with 19 saves, the most of any pitcher in the country this year.