PROVIDENCE -- For the second-straight week and third time in 2015, UConn baseball ace Carson Cross has been named American Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week, the league announced on Monday (March 30). The American also honored Vinny Siena this week with a nod on the weekly honor roll, his second of the year.
Cross (Brentwood, N.H.) grabbed the weekly award after picking up his sixth win of 2015 with seven shutout innings in the series opener at Tulane this weekend. In an eventual 6-0 victory to begin conference play, Cross allowed only four hits and two walks and struck out seven to improve to 6-1 and lower his season ERA to 1.49.
Over his last four starts, the 6'6 righty is 4-0 with a 0.59 ERA and 39 strikeouts against six walks in 32.0 innings. He notched his 18th career win with the victory at Tulane, placing himself in a tie for sixth in program history in victories. He is also among the national leaders in 2015 in wins, ERA and strikeouts (65), leading The American in punch-outs and wins.
The honor roll nod for Siena (Woodbridge, Conn.) comes after the junior second baseman hit .500 (11-for-22) in UConn's 4-1 week. He added a home run, a double, seven runs scored and nine RBIs in the five contests, raising his season batting average to a league-best .395 mark. Currently riding a 17-game hitting streak, Siena became the first Husky since George Springer in 2011 to notch six RBIs in a game when he drove in six at CCSU on March 25.
The Huskies are scheduled to return to action for their home opener on Tuesday, March 31 against Boston College. First pitch is tentatively set for 3 p.m.