PROVIDENCE -- Coming off his first career complete game, UConn baseball sophomore Anthony Kay has been named American Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week and NCBWA National Pitcher of the Week. It is the third conference honor for Kay this season and fourth time in 2015 that a UConn pitcher has been tabbed Pitcher of the Week. It is also the second national pitcher of the week honor for UConn, making the Huskies one of two teams (Oregon State) with multiple NCBWA Player of the Week honorees and the lone school with multiple pitchers to receive the weekly award.
Kay (Stony Brook, N.Y.) went the distance and allowed only an unearned run to pick up the win in a 15-1 drubbing of No. 12 UCF on Saturday afternoon. The victory helped the Huskies clinch their first conference series over a ranked opponent since 2011 and gave them a pair of series victories over ranked squads this year.
In his stellar outing, Kay allowed only five hits to a potent UCF offense that came into the weekend ranked first in The American and top-10 nationally in nearly every offensive category. The southpaw struck out nine and did not walk a batter.
Overall this season, Kay is 5-3 with a 1.01 ERA in 62.2 innings. He has struck out 66 batters against a mere 14 walks and has surrendered just 38 hits, holding opponents to a .173 batting average against. Kay leads The American in ERA and batting average against and is among the nation's best with a 0.83 WHIP and 5.46 hits allowed per nine innings.
Kay joins Carson Cross (Brentwood, N.H.), winner of three conference Pitcher of the Week awards, as Huskies to receive player of the week nods from The American this year. He was previously a two-time honor roll member earlier this season. Cross also garnered NCBWA Pitcher of the Week honors on March 10.
The Huskies return to action on Tuesday, April 14 for a midweek contest at Fairfield. First pitch with the Stags is set for 3:30 p.m.