PROVIDENCE - After blasting three home runs and driving in seven runs in the Huskies' 5-0 week, UConn baseball senior outfielder Joe DeRoche-Duffin (Santa Ana, Calif.) has been selected as the American Athletic Conference Player of the Week, as announced by the league on Monday. Additionally, junior ace Anthony Kay (Stony Brook, N.Y.) was placed on the weekly honor roll.
DeRoche-Duffin finished the five-game week with a .421 batting average, racking up eight hits in 19 at-bats. The Husky outfielder scored five runs and held an impressive .947 slugging percentage over the stretch. The Huskies topped Fairfield and Bryant in midweek play before sweeping No. 30 Houston on April 15-17 at J.O. Christian Field.
Through 34 games, the senior leads the team and is tied for second in the league with eight round-trippers and also ranks fourth among qualified hitters with 31 RBIs and fourth with 67 total bases.
The accolade marks the team's second conference player of the week nod this season after junior DH Tyler Gnesda (Laguna Nigel, Calif.) earned the honor on Feb. 29.
Kay earns a spot on the honor roll after picking up his team-leading fourth win of the season on Friday vs. the Cougars. The Husky LHP lasted 8.1 innings, surrendering two runs (one earned) on just six hits with seven strikeouts.
The Huskies return to the diamond on Tuesday, April 19 when they travel to the campus of UMass for a 3 p.m. tilt with the Minutemen. A complete preview of the midweek contests will be available on uconnhuskies.com on Monday afternoon.
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