STORRS, Conn. –On Sunday, the UConn baseball team continued its fall slate when hosted the annual Alumni Game and Barbecue at J.O. Christian Field in Storrs. Prior to first pitch, Husky skipper Jim Penders handed out the team awards for the 2016 season.
2016 MLB first round draft pick Anthony Kay (Stony Brook, N.Y.) was honored with the Lawrence R. Panciera MVP Award as well as the James Allen Pitching Award. 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.
In May, Kay became the program's all-time strikeout leader and finished his three-year career with 263 punch-outs. He is one of six Connecticut pitchers to reach the 20-win plateau and concluded his Husky career with a 22-12 overall mark. Kay became the fourth Husky player to be drafted in the first round and first since George Springer ('11) and Matt Barnes ('11) were taken in the opening round of the 2011 MLB Draft.
The Mrs. Mary Dropo Unsung Hero Award was presented to recently-graduated SS Bryan Daniello (Norwalk, Conn.). A 2016 American Athletic Conference All-Second Team member, Daniello was one of two Huskies to start in all 63 games during his senior campaign. The left-handed hitter finished his final season in Storrs with a .289 batting average, scoring 35 runs and driving in 28. A key piece in the Huskies’ run to the conference tournament title, he was selected to the All-Tournament team by The American in late May.
Ryan Radue, who emerged victorious with his battle with cancer this spring, was tabbed as the winner of both the Donald E. Rowe Scholar-Athlete and the Hirschhorn Family Foundation awards. A source of inspiration for the team, Radue’s jersey hung in the Connecticut dugout throughout the 2016 campaign.
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