PROVIDENCE - For the second time in three weeks, UConn baseball ace Carson Cross has been named American Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week. The league made the announcement on Monday (March 23) morning.
The honor for Cross (Brentwood, N.H.) comes after a stellar outing at Seton Hall on March 21. The 6'6 right-hander fired 8.2 shutout innings against the Pirates, allowing only two hits and a walk to go with seven strikeouts. The performance included a streak of 18 in a row set down between the third and ninth innings. Cross picked up his 17th career win with the victory, moving him into a tie for seventh in program history.
Overall this season, the redshirt-senior captain holds a 5-1 record with a 1.74 ERA in 41.1 innings. Cross has notched 58 strikeouts against 10 walks on the year and is holding opponents to a .181 batting average against. He leads The American in strikeouts and wins and is among the top-10 in the league in ERA, batting average against and innings pitched.
Over his last three starts, Cross has compiled a 3-0 record with a 0.76 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 23.2 innings. He is holding opponents to a .099 batting average against in the run and has issued only four walks. Cross set a record for the Jim Penders era when he struck out 15 in a complete game at FIU on March 6.
The Huskies return to action this week for Nutmeg State contests at Yale on March 24 and at Central Connecticut on March 25. Game time with the Elis on Tuesday is currently scheduled for 3:30 p.m.