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Cross Selected By Pirates In 24th Round

Carson Cross was picked by the Pirates.

June 8, 2013

STORRS, Conn. - University of Connecticut redshirt sophomore pitcher Carson Cross (Brentwood, N.H.) was selected in the 24th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Saturday by the Pittsburgh Pirates as the 719th overall player taken and the 13th of the round.

Cross was a Second Team All-BIG EAST pick in 2012 and had a 9-4 record with a 2.44 ERA. He recorded 86 strikeouts this season in 110.2 innings of work and has walked just 24.

Cross, who has the option of returning to the UConn team for 2014 , pitched nine-plus innings and gave us just two runs in the Huskies’ 3-2 12-inning win over Louisville that started UConn’s run to the BIG EAST tournament title.

He then picked up the win in UConn’s NCAA victory over Virginia Tech by pitching 6.1 innings and giving up just a run.

Cross picked up BIG EAST wins this season over Rutgers and Georgetown and has a complete game effort in a loss to St. John's.

Cross is the second current Husky to be picked in the draft as senior second baseman LJ Mazzilli (Greenwich, Conn.) was picked by the New York Mets in the fourth round on Friday.