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Six Huskies Earn All-New England Honors

Willy Yahn was one of six Huskies honored by the NEIBA on Wednesday
May 25, 2016

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After wrapping up the regular season on a nine-game win streak, the UConn baseball team placed six players on the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) All-Region team, as announced by the organization on Wednesday.

American Athletic Conference Player of the Year Joe DeRoche-Duffin (Santa Ana, Calif.) was joined on the All-New England first team by standout 3B Willy Yahn (Sharon, Conn.), who was one of three Huskies named to the league’s All-Conference First Team on Monday. Husky hurlers Anthony Kay (Stony Brook, N.Y.) and Tim Cate (Manchester, Conn.) earned Second Team honors, while senior co-captains Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.) and Jack Sundberg (Mansfield, Conn.) earned recognition on the Third Team.

DeRoche-Duffin, who earned back-to-back NEIBA First Team selections, turned in one of the most prolific offensive seasons in UConn history, bashing a conference-best 17 home runs to go along with 52 RBIs in 55 games played. The Husky RF led the team with a .574 slugging percentage and turned in 14 multi-RBI games throughout the season, finishing second in the conference in total bases (116).



A 2015 NEIBA Second Team member, Yahn picks up First Team honors after establishing himself as one of the most dangerous hitters in the country during a standout sophomore campaign, leading The American in total hits (78) and doubles (19), while ranking fourth with a .326 batting average. The Husky 3B registered a team-leading 23 multi-hit games, including four four-hit contests and checked in at No. 3 in the league with 112 total bases. In the field, Yahn tallied 124 assists.

Kay, who was tabbed as the conference’s Pitcher of the Year on Monday, finished his junior season at 7-2 with a team-best 2.47 ERA in 98.1 inning pitched. The Husky ace established a new program record in strikeouts (249), passing former Husky and current Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes ('11) and became just the sixth player in team history to reach the 20-win plateau. Kay's Pitcher of the Year honor marks the second-straight season a Husky has taken home the accolade after Carson Cross ('15) collected the award in 2015.

The 2016 American Athletic Conference Rookie Pitcher of the Year Cate burst onto the scene in his freshman campaign, working his way into a mainstay in the Husky rotation. The southpaw posted a 3-1 overall record in 69.0 innings pitched, racking up 86 strikeouts compared to just 24 walks. His .193 batting average against was tops on the team and stood at second in The American. Cate posted three 11-strikeout performances in 11 starts in his rookie season.

Melley, who ranks second among all active NCAA Division I players with 280 hits, was a force in the three-hole for the Huskies in 2016, ranking among the top-10 in the conference in hits (62), runs (46), home runs (9), and RBIs (49).

Sundberg, who owns sole possession of second on the program's all-time steals list (82), started in 53 games in 2016, collecting 16 multi-hit games and scoring a conference-best 49 runs as the Huskies' leadoff hitter. The centerfielder worked 40 walks and finished 17-for-23 on stolen-base attempts.

The Huskies begin postseason action on Wednesday, May 25 at 3 p.m. when they challenge sixth-seeded Memphis in The American Championship. A complete game preview is available by CLICKING HERE.