DALLAS -- UConn baseball redshirt senior pitcher Carson Cross has been named a semifinalist for the 2015 Dick Howser Trophy presented by Easton, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) announced on Friday (May 15) afternoon. Cross joins a group of 37 student-athletes vying for the honor, awarded annually to the top player in college baseball.
Cross (Brentwood, N.H.) is the lone semifinalist from the American Athletic Conference and is one of 10 starting pitchers. The NCBWA will conduct two rounds of voting to name the finalists for the award on June 10 before the trophy is presented on June 12 at the College World Series in Omaha.
In the midst of a stellar final season in Storrs, Cross is currently 10-2 and holds a 2.18 ERA in a conference-leading 99.0 innings pitched. He has struck out 106 batters on the year, top-15 nationally and tops in the league, against only 24 walks and is limiting opponents to a .206 batting average against. His 106 strikeouts are fourth-most in a single season in program history and his 99.0 innings and 10 victories also place fourth in the single-season ranks.
Cross adds the Dick Howser Trophy Semifinalist nod to a growing list of national accolades received in 2015. He was recently named to the final watch list for the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award and also earned a spot on the College Hall of Fame National Pitcher of the Year watch list. During the season, he has garnered three conference Pitcher of the Week nods and was named NCBWA National Pitcher of the Week and Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week on March 9.
For his career, Cross is 22-7 with a 2.15 ERA and 220 strikeouts in 247.0 innings pitched. He places fourth in program history in both wins and strikeouts and his current ERA would be among the top-20 in a career all-time. He is also 10th all-time in innings pitched and his 15 strikeouts on March 6 at FIU were the most in a single-game in UConn history since 1988.
The Huskies continue a weekend American Athletic Conference series at No. 19 Houston tonight at Cougar Field. First pitch is set for 7:30 p.m. (ET).