Full ABCA/Rawlings Division 1 All-America Teams
OMAHA, Neb. -- The UConn baseball team postseason accolades continue to roll in as ace Carson Cross (Brentwood, N.H.) and second baseman Vinny Siena (Woodbridge, Conn.) have been tabbed ABCA/Rawlings Third Team All-Americans. The American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) announced the Division 1 All-America teams on Saturday (June 13) afternoon.
Both 14th round picks in the recent 2015 MLB Amateur Draft, Cross and Siena were each All-Conference and ABCA All- Northeast Region First Team selections. The ABCA is the second organization to honor Cross as an All-American, as the American Athletic Conference and NEIBA New England Pitcher of the Year was a Louisville Slugger Third Team All-America pick.
Siena, the NEIBA New England Player of the Year, becomes the 22nd All-American in UConn history and seventh under 12th-year skipper Jim Penders. Cross and Siena give UConn multiple All-Americans for the fourth time overall and first since 2011.
Selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the recent MLB Draft, Cross went 10-2 with a 2.29 ERA in his redshirt-senior season in 2015. The 6'6 tri-captain struck out 108 batters in 106.0 innings and held opponents to a .206 batting average against. His 15 strikeouts at FIU on March 6 were the most punch-outs in a single game at UConn since 1988 and earned Cross NCBWA and Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week nods.
Siena enjoyed a breakout junior campaign in 2015, culminating in a 14th round selection by the New York Mets in the MLB draft. The second baseman led the Huskies with a .362 average and is third in the country with 94 hits, also among the national leaders with 64 runs scored. Siena clubbed 14 doubles, three triples and seven home runs on the year, leading the Huskies with 54 RBIs. He also drew 29 walks and stole 11 bags while pacing The American with 135 total bases.
UConn went 35-25 in 2015, reaching the semifinal round of the 2015 American Baseball Championship.