California State University, San Marcos, senior pitcher Cortney Allen of Elk Grove was named to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) softball All-America First Team for the second consecutive year.
The 26-year-old Allen finished the year 34-7 with a 1.12 ERA in 249.2 innings. She struck out 203.
The No. 9 Cougars lost 3-1 to St. Xavier of Chicago in the NAIA national championship playoffs in Columbus, Ga., to finish 43-12.
Allen, a 2005 Elk Grove High graduate, was a star for the Thundering Herd but thought her playing days were over after she suffered a back injury during an Amateur Softball Association game the summer after graduation.
She went to cosmetology school and spent time working as a hair stylist and at other jobs before returning to school and the sport in 2010 at Sacramento City College. She was California Community College Pitcher of the Year in 2011.
Last year at Cal State San Marcos, she went 24-6 in helping the Cougars reach to the NAIA semifinals before losing 1-0 to Oklahoma City University.
Allen finishes in the school's top 10 in ERA (1.10), opponent batting average (.194), wins (58), saves (10) and complete games (39).