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TUCSON, Ariz. -- UConn baseball ace Carson Cross has been named a Louisville Slugger Third Team All-American, Collegiate Baseball Newspaper announced on Thursday (May 28). Cross becomes UConn's first All-American since 2013 and first All-America pitcher since 2011.
Cross (Brentwood, N.H.) recently completed a stellar redshirt senior season to cap his career at UConn, going 10-2 with a 2.29 ERA and 108 strikeouts against 25 walks in 106.0 innings. The American Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year, Cross was named a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy and earned a spot on the final watch lists for the Golden Spikes Award and the National Pitcher of the Year award.
The 6'6 righty ended conference tournament play second in The American in strikeouts and batting average against (.206) while leading the league in victories and innings pitched. He currently ranks 21st in the nation in strikeouts and 39th nationally with a 0.99 WHIP, second in The American behind only teammate Anthony Kay (Stony Brook, N.Y.) at 0.98.
Cross made an assault on the UConn record books during his final go-round in Storrs, finishing his season with the fourth-most strikeouts in both single-season and career history (222). His 22 career victories also place fourth all-time and he is among the top-10 with 254.0 career innings pitched. On March 6 he struck out 15 in a complete game at FIU, most strikeouts in a game for any UConn pitcher since 1988.
UConn has now had 21 All-Americans in the history of the baseball program, including six under 12th-year head coach Jim Penders. The last Husky All-American prior to Cross was LJ Mazzilli in 2013, and the last pitchers were Matt Barnes and Kevin Vance in 2011.