ABCA/Rawlings Division 1 All-Region Teams
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Highlighted by First Team nods for Carson Cross and Vinny Siena, the UConn baseball team placed five players on the ABCA/Rawlings Northeast All-Region teams, the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) announced on Wednesday (June 10). The five selections for the Huskies lead all teams in the Northeast region, which encompasses New England and New York state.
Players selected All-Region become eligible for consideration for the ABCA All-America teams, to be announced on Saturday, June 13. Joining Cross (Brentwood, N.H.) and Siena (Woodbridge, Conn.) on All-Region teams are second team selections Blake Davey (Newport Beach, Calif.), Joe DeRoche-Duffin (Santa Ana, Calif.) and Anthony Kay (Stony Brook, N.Y.).
Cross adds the All-Region nod to a growing list of accolades for the 6'6 righty following a sterling redshirt-senior season. The American Athletic Conference and NEIBA New England Pitcher of the Year, Cross was named a Louisville Slugger Third Team All-American after going 10-2 with a 2.29 ERA. He struck out 108 against 25 walks in 106.0 innings, earning a spot on the watch lists for the Golden Spikes Award, Dick Howser Trophy and College Hall of Fame Pitcher of the Year.
The NEIBA New England Player of the Year, Siena was a First Team All-Conference selection after hitting .362 with 54 RBIs and 64 runs scored as a junior. The second baseman clubbed 14 doubles, three triples and seven home runs and stole 11 bases on the year. His 94 hits rank among the top-five nationally and his 135 total bases led The American.
Davey grabs an ABCA All-Region nod for the second-straight season after hitting .300 with 45 RBIs as a senior in 2015. The outfield slugger led The American with 21 doubles and added six home runs, giving him 16 long balls in two seasons as a Husky.
UConn's home run leader in 2015, DeRoche-Duffin is the All-Region second team designated hitter after he posted a .271/.416/.541 triple slash line during his first season in Storrs. The junior transfer blasted a team-best 11 home runs to go along with 13 doubles and 39 RBIs, also drawing 30 walks on the year.
One of the most dynamic pitchers in The American, Kay finished his sophomore season with a 2.07 ERA to place second in the league. The southpaw led the conference with a 0.98 WHIP and was also second in the conference with a .202 batting average against. In 100.0 innings, Kay went 8-6 with a save and struck out 96 against 25 walks. He was the first player to accept an invite to the 2015 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team and will don the stars and stripes this summer beginning on June 18.