NEIBA All-New England Teams
BABSON PARK, Mass. -- The UConn baseball team earned three major awards from the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) and placed 10 players on the organization's All-Region teams, NEIBA announced on Wednesday (May 20). Vinny Siena is the New England Player of the Year, Carson Cross earns Pitcher of the Year and Jim Penders collects Coach of the Year honors, voted on by the New England D1 coaches.
Joining the Cross (Brentwood, N.H.) and Siena (Woodbridge, Conn.) on the All-New England first team are designated hitter Joe DeRoche-Duffin (Santa Ana, Calif.), starting pitcher Anthony Kay (Stony Brook, N.Y.), relief pitcher Patrick Ruotolo (Peabody, Mass.) and outfielder Jack Sundberg (Mansfield, Conn.). Outfielder Blake Davey (Newport Beach, Calif.), catcher Max McDowell (North Huntingdon, Pa.) and third baseman Willy Yahn (Sharon, Conn.) earned second team nods and shortstop Bryan Daniello (Norwalk, Conn.) picked up a third team slot to round out the honors.
Penders earns Coach of the Year honors after UConn went 33-23 in the regular season, including a 10-2 mark against New England neighbors. The 12th-year Husky skipper recorded his 400th career win as a head coach on March 31 against Boston College. Under his guidance this season UConn leads The American with a 2.90 ERA and is also first in the league with 376 runs scored.
Cross adds the NEIBA Pitcher of the Year nod to the same award from The American, which he received earlier this week. The right-hander is 10-2 with a 2.18 ERA and is a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy as well as a final watch list member for the Golden Spikes Award and the National Pitcher of the Year award.
The selection of Siena as NEIBA Player of the Year makes it two years running a UConn player has won the award after Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.) took home the honor in 2014. Siena leads UConn and is second in The American with a .358 average and 50 RBIs and is among the top-six nationally in hits (88) and runs scored (61).
DeRoche-Duffin garners a first team All-Region nod with a team-best nine home runs and 13 doubles, while Sundberg grabs a spot with a conference-best 31 stolen bases. Kay adds a first team All-New England nod to a first team All-Conference accolade thanks to a 2.16 ERA and 1.00 WHIP on the year, while Ruotolo gives UConn six first teamers by way of 48 strikeouts in 32.0 innings and six saves on the year.
Davey is All-New England for the second-straight year and garners a second team nod with 19 doubles, six home runs and 44 RBIs. McDowell joins him thanks to seven home runs and a nation-leading 11 sacrifice flies, and Yahn gives the Huskies three second teamers with a .346 batting average during his freshman campaign. Daniello rounds out the 10 UConn players named All-New England with a .404 on-base percentage and 10 extra-base hits this year.