Will Allen has allowed only 15 stolen bases this season and was named a semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award.
May 15, 2014
OXFORD, Miss. - Ole Miss senior catcher Will Allen has been named a semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award honoring the nation's top collegiate catcher when the Greater Wichita Sports Commission announced the 15 members of the semifinalist list Thursday.
Allen is one of three catchers from the Southeastern Conference named to the list and is the second consecutive semifinalist for the Rebels. Ole Miss' Stuart Turner claimed the Johnny Bench Award a year ago to become the first winner for the Rebels.
Ballots will be sent to the national voting panel at the end of May for a vote to determine the three finalists. The finalists will be announced June 3, 2014. A final vote among the national committee will occur during the College World Series. All finalists will be brought to Wichita and the winner will be announced at the 17th Annual Greater Wichita Sports Banquet on June 26, 2014.
It is the most recent award nomination for Allen who also finds himself on the watch list for the 2014 Gregg Olson Award honoring the breakout performance of the year in college baseball.
In his senior season, Allen sits among the league leaders in several statistical categories heading into the final weekend of the regular season. The Gainesville, Fla., native ranks third in the SEC in batting average (.351), second in the league in RBI (52) and second in the league in hits (74). He is also third in the league in doubles and tied for sixth in home runs (6).
Allen is also fourth in the league in slugging percentage (.540).
Defensively, Allen has been solid behind the plate as the senior has only had 23 stolen bases against him this season and has committed only one error behind the plate. He also has allowed only four passed balls this season to help the Rebels to a 38-15 record on the year and a 17-10 mark in conference play.
The Rebels also have the fewest stolen bases attempted against them in the SEC this season with Allen behind the plate at only 33 steal attempts through 53 games.
Ole Miss closes out the regular season this weekend, kicking of a three-game series at Texas A&M tonight at 6:30 p.m. Friday's game two of the series is set for a 7:00 start and will be televised by ESPNU, while Saturday's series finale is set for a 2 p.m. start.
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