Allman Named Big 12 Player of the Week

May 5, 2008


<?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>Kansas senior left fielder John Allman has been named the Big 12 Player of the Week. The 6-foot-2 outfielder becomes the first Jayhawk selected as the conference’s baseball player of the week since 2006.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>

Allman, a senior from St. Louis, Mo., hit .500 during this past week, leading the Jayhawks to a non-conference win over No. 14 Missouri and a sweep of conference foe Oklahoma. The senior outfielder collected eight hits in 16 at-bats, collecting a pair of doubles, a home run and six RBIs.

He went 3-for-4 in the April 29 game against Missouri, collecting a pair of important RBIs with an eighth-inning single in KU’s 3-0 triumph over the rival Tigers. On Saturday, he became the fourth different Jayhawk to record four hits in a game, helping KU defeat the Sooners, 13-10. The outfielder had two singles, a double and a home run in the game.

On Sunday, he doubled in an important run to help the Jayhawks extend a narrow lead in the seventh inning as the Jayhawks completed a three-game sweep of Oklahoma. It marked the first time KU has swept the Sooners in a season series since 1979.

Allman becomes the first Kansas player to be tabbed Big 12 Player of the Week since Gus Milner received the honor on Feb. 14, 2006.

Texas pitcher Ken Kasparek was named the conference’s pitcher of the week.

Allman and the Jayhawks (29-22) will play host to Oral Roberts on Wednesday in the final non-conference tune up of the regular season. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Hoglund Ballpark.