GREENSBORO, N.C. - After helping the Huskies reach the NCAA Regionals for the fourth time in the last seven seasons, three UConn baseball standouts, Anthony Kay (Stony Brook, N.Y.), Willy Yahn (Sharon, Conn.) and Joe DeRoche-Duffin (Santa Ana, Calif.), earned spots on the ABCA/Rawlings Northeast All-Region Second Team, as announced by the organization on Wednesday.
All-Region teams are voted on by members of the American Baseball Coaches Association and the process is led by the ABCA NCAA Div. I All-America Committee.
A 2016 Louisville Slugger Second Team All-American, Kay rounded out his Husky career with one of the most dominant seasons in program history. The southpaw finished the season with a 9-2 overall record, holding a 2.65 ERA in 119.0 innings pitched. His 111 strikeouts ranked second in the American Athletic Conference and fourth in single-season program history, while his .223 batting average against ranked sixth in the league.
Yahn, who led the American Athletic Conference with 88 hits as a sophomore, led the Husky offense with a .319 batting average, starting in all 63 games. The Sharon, Conn. native roped a league-leading 20 doubles and also ranked in the top-five in the conference in runs scored (48), RBIs (46), and total bases (126). Yahn was one of three Huskies to earn recognition as an American Athletic Conference First Team member and also earned a spot on the NEIBA First Team in late May.
DeRoche-Duffin earns his second-straight ABCA/Rawlings All-Region nod after earning The American Player of the Year honors in May. The Husky OF led the conference with 17 home runs and held a .266/.382/.549 slash line in his senior campaign on the way to an All-Conference First Team selection.
The ABCA, founded in 1945, is the primary professional organization for baseball coaches at the amateur level. Its over 8,200 members represent all 50 states and 23 countries. Since its initial meeting of 27 college baseball coaches in June 1945, Association membership has broadened to include eight divisions: NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA, NJCAA, Pacific Association Division, High School and Youth. The 73rd annual ABCA Convention will be held Jan. 5-8, 2017 in Anaheim, California.
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