College Baseball Hall of Fame Relase
LUBBOCK, Texas -- The UConn baseball team is one of eight teams nationally to place two pitchers on the first watch list for the National Pitcher of the Year Award, announced on Thursday (April 23) by the National College Baseball Hall of Fame. Redshirt-senior Carson Cross and sophomore Anthony Kay are both members of the watch list for the prestigious honor, presented to the nation's top collegiate arm. The award, sponsored by Diamond, will be presented on June 29 in Lubbock as part of the annual Night of Champions.
Cross (Brentwood, N.H.) and Kay (Stony Brook, N.Y.) are two of four representatives from the American Athletic Conference on the watch list and the lone starting pitchers from the league. UConn joins seven other programs to place two representatives on the list of 48 hurlers from across the NCAA.
In his final season in Storrs this year, Cross has compiled a 7-2 record with a 1.91 ERA, striking out 85 batters against only 15 walks in a league-best 70.2 innings pitched. Holding opponents to a .204 batting average against, the 6'6 righty is currently sixth in the country in strikeouts and 11th in the nation in victories. His 19 career wins are fifth in program history at UConn and his 199 strikeouts place eighth. Cross' 15 strikeouts in a complete game at FIU on March 6 were the most in a single game for a Husky since 1988 and helped him garner NCBWA National Pitcher of the Week and Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week nods.
Kay, who recently accepted an invitation to the 2015 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, has been one of the best pitchers in college baseball as a sophomore and currently ranks first in The American and 12th nationally with a 1.29 ERA. The southpaw leads the conference with a .189 batting average against and a 0.89 WHIP, coming in at third in the league with 68 strikeouts in 70.0 innings. He also collected an NCBWA National Pitcher of the Week honor this year following a nine-strikeout complete game at No. 12 UCF on April 11.
The Huskies return to action this weekend for a league set against Memphis at J.O. Christian Field. Cross will take the ball for game one on Friday at 3 p.m., before Kay starts on Saturday at 1 p.m. The series finale is set for Sunday, now at noon.