JC All-America to play for WWU
May 23, 2011
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Utility player Kristen Allen, who earned All-America and region all-star honors as a sophomore at Bellevue CC, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play softball at Western Washington University. Making that announcement was Viking head coach Amy Suiter.
Allen received Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-America and Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges Northern Region all-star recognition this spring. She ranked second among NWAACC batting leaders with a .575 average (65-for-113), while tying for eighth in runs batted in with 47 and tying for ninth in home runs with nine.
"We're excited about her versatility and, of course, her bat," said Suiter of Allen, who can play first base, second base and the outfield. "She will bring experience to a young team."
Allen also had 47 runs scored, 14 doubles, three triples and a .635 on-base percentage in helping Bellevue to a 38-3 record, first place in the North Region (24-0) and fourth place at the NWAACC Championships.
The 5-foot-7 Allen also played one year at NCAA I Purdue as a freshman, seeing action in 45 games for the Boilermakers. She tied a school record by stealing three bases in one game against Michigan State.
Allen was named All-Sports Athlete of the Year as a senior at Arlington High School. She hit over .400 in each of her four seasons in softball, being a first-team Western Conference all-star as a junior and senior.
Western graduated seven players from a 36-16 team that placed second in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference standings and earned the No.5 seed to the NCAA Division II West Regional.
KRISTEN ALLEN, Second Base/First Base/Outfield, B-L, T-R, Junior, 5-7, 20, 8/6/91, Arlington, WA
College: Transfer from Bellevue CC ... 2011 Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American and first-team Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges Northern Region all-star as sophomore for Bulldogs ... Ranked second in NWAACC with .575 batting average (65-for-113), while tying for eighth in runs batted in with 47 and tying for ninth in home runs with nine ... Also had 47 runs scored, 14 doubles, 3 triples and .635 on-base percentage ... Helped BCC to 38-3 record, first place in North Region (24-0) and fourth place at NWAACC Championships ... One letter ... Also played one year at NCAA I Purdue ... Saw action in 45 games for Boilermakers as freshman in 2010 ... Hit .188 with 21 runs scored and nine runs batted in ... Stole seven bases, including school record tying three in one game against Michigan State ... Scored game winning runs against Wisconsin and Michigan State ... Drew 13 walks and was hit by a pitch once ... One letter.
High School: Named all-sports Athlete of the Year as senior at Arlington High School ... Four-time Western Conference all-star, receiving honorable mention as freshman, second team as sophomore and junior and first team as senior ... District MVP as junior ... Hit over .400 all four years, while leading team in every offensive category each season ... Four-year letter winner ... Played summer ball for LadyHawks D'Amico, placing seventh at Gold Nationals in 2008 ... Also lettered four years in soccer, earning team MVP honors three seasons ... Three-time all-league selection ... Team captain as senior ... Received mental toughness and inspirational awards all four years
Personal: Major is sociology ... Her twin sister, Lisa, played softball at Everett CC.
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