PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Sophomore pitcher Anthony Kay has been named American Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week, the league announced on Monday (March 2). In addition, UConn baseball teammate Vinny Siena picked up a spot on the league's weekly honor roll.
The award for Kay (Stony Brook, N.Y.), the first player of the week honor for a Husky this season, comes after he picked up his first win of 2015 with eight shutout inning on Saturday, Feb. 28 at nationally-ranked Kennesaw State. The southpaw allowed only two hits with two walks and eight strikeouts in the dominant performance, resulting in a 7-0 UConn win that clinched a weekend series with the Owls.
Kay was also honored by The American last week when he picked up an honor roll nod after he set new career-highs with eight innings pitched and 10 strikeouts against Siena on Feb. 22. Overall this season, Kay holds a 1-1 record with a 0.78 ERA and 24 strikeouts against four walks in 23.0 innings. He is holding opposing batters to a .095 batting average against and is among the national leaders with 2.74 hits allowed/nine innings and a 0.48 WHIP.
The honor roll nod for Siena (Woodbridge, Conn.) comes after he hit .400 with six RBIs in UConn's 3-1 week. He started the week with a two-triple, five-RBI performance on Feb. 23 against Siena College, becoming the first Husky with two triples in a game since Billy Ferriter in the 2011 NCAA Clemson Regional. He followed that up by hitting .429 (6-for-14) in UConn's series at Kennesaw State, adding a double and a pair of runs scored. Siena currently leads the Huskies with a .333 batting average through nine contests.
UConn returns to the diamond this weekend for a three-game series in Miami at Florida International. The Huskies and Panthers kick of the set on Friday, March 6 at 6 p.m.