USA Baseball Release
DURHAM, N.C. -- UConn baseball ace Carson Cross has been named to the 30-member final watch list for the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award, USA Baseball announced on Thursday (May 7). Sponsored by Major League Baseball, the Golden Spikes Award is presented annually to the top amateur baseball player in the country.
Cross (Brentwood, N.H.) is one of nine additions to the initial watch list, joining 21 players who were on the 60-member first list announced in April. The 6'6 righty is 9-2 this season with a 1.89 ERA, leading the American Athletic Conference and ranking eighth nationally with 100 strikeouts against only 19 walks in a league-best 85.2 innings pitched. Opponents are hitting .197 against the hurler, also best in The American. Cross is a three-time conference Pitcher of the Week and was the NCBWA National Pitcher of the Week and a Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week on March 9.
Named to the College Baseball Hall of Fame National Pitcher of the Year Watch List last month, Cross is in the midst of one of the most prolific seasons for a UConn pitcher in program history and is steadily climbing the all-time ranks at Connecticut. His nine wins (currently fifth nationally) are already tied for the sixth-most in a single season at UConn history, and his 100 strikeouts on the year are fourth all-time. For his career, Cross is fifth all-time in wins (21), sixth in strikeouts (214) and 10th in innings pitched (233.2) on the Husky record lists.
The redshirt senior captain turned in one of the all-time dominant performances for a Husky earlier this season, racking up 15 strikeouts in a complete game victory at Florida International on March 6. The 15 punch-outs signified the most in a game for any pitcher during Jim Penders' 12-year run as head coach and most for any Husky since Charles Nagy rang up 17 vs. St. John's in the 1988 season. Cross has three games with at least 10 strikeouts this season and has walked two or few batters in 11 of his 12 starts. He has lasted seven innings or more in his last seven starts and has only one start allowing more than two earned runs.
The Huskies return to action this weekend with a three-game set against Cincinnati at J.O. Christian Field. UConn and UC first meet on Friday, May 8 for a 3 p.m. start with Cross set to be on the hill for Connecticut. The series continues on Saturday, May 9 before Cross and his five classmates are honored for Senior Day on Sunday, May 10 at 12 p.m.