PROVIDENCE, R.I. - After his 15-strikeout performance on March 6 at FIU, UConn baseball tri-captain Carson Cross has been named American Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week. The league made the announcement on Monday (March 9) morning. Also on Monday, Cross picked up a Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week nod from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. On March 10, he added a National Pitcher of the Week honor from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
Cross (Brentwood, N.H.) becomes UConn's second-straight Conference Pitcher of the Week after Anthony Kay (Stony Brook, N.Y.) took home the award on March 2. The American's 2014 Preseason Pitcher of the Year, Cross went the distance and allowed a run on two hits in a 4-1 win at FIU on Friday night. He did not walk a batter and fanned 15, the most strikeouts for any pitcher in a game in Jim Penders' 12-year helm of the program.
After FIU recorded a leadoff double, Cross retired 27 of the next 29 Panthers he faced in the complete-game performance. Included in the run were 18 in a row retired between the first and sixth innings. Cross struck out the side in the fifth, sixth and ninth innings and had multiple punch-outs in the third and fifth frames.
Overall this season, Cross has bounced back in style from an injury that cost him all of 2014. The former All-Conference righty holds a 3-1 record with a 2.36 ERA in 26.2 innings pitched, holding opponents to a .216 batting average against. The 6'6 hurler has recorded 41 strikeouts against only six walks and is among the national leaders in total strikeouts, Ks/9 IP (13.8) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (6.83).
UConn is scheduled to begin midweek play this week against Sacred Heart. The contest has been moved to Wednesday, March 11 with a time and location still to be determined.