Congratulations to Will Allen for being named a Johnny Bench Award finalist.
OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss Rebels’ senior catcher Will Allen was been named one of three finalists of the Johnny Bench Award. The award honors the nation’s top collegiate catcher, and it was announced Tuesday by the Greater Wichita Sports Commission that Allen had been named a finalist.
A year ago, Ole Miss’ Stuart Tuner was named the 2013 Bench Award Winner. This will be a truly amazing accomplishment if two Rebel catchers could receive the award back-to-back years.
The Gainesville, Florida native has led the Rebels’ in batting average much of the 2014 season. He is currently batting .351, and has 59 RBI on the year. He has also added seven home runs (2nd on the team), and 29 extra-base hits, which included 22 doubles. Allen entered the NCAA Tournament ranked second in the SEC in batting average, second in RBI, second in hits, fourth in slugging percentage, tied for first in doubles and ninth in home runs.
Some of Allen’s biggest highlights in the 2014 season come during the opening week of the regular season. Allen was named SEC Player of the Week in the opening week, after hitting .545 throughout the series. He also hit a walk-off home run in the tenth inning to secure a big series sweep over UCF. A couple home runs by Allen in the series against Kentucky helped the Rebels’ secure a series sweep over No. 17 ranked Kentucky on the road.
Will Allen had also played a tremendous role thus far in the NCAA Tournament. In the Oxford Regional final game against Washington, Allen hit the game-tying RBI in the fifth inning. Later on in the tenth inning, Allen was the game winning go-ahead run that sent the Rebels to the NCAA Super-Regionals for the fifth time in school history.