Storrs, Conn. - At sunrise this morning, atop Cemetery Hill, the UConn baseball team named senior Aaron Hill (Groton, Conn.) and junior Willy Yahn (Sharon, Conn.) as co-captains for the 2017 season, as announced by 14th year head coach Jim Penders.
As is tradition, captains were voted on by the team at the conclusion of fall workouts. The announcement is held on Cemetery Hill, on the Storrs campus, at the graves of University founders, Charles and Augustus Storrs. The team is able to pay their respects before coach Penders names the captains for the upcoming season.
"Willy and Aaron earned the respect of their teammates and coaches, and that respect was reflected in the team's vote and selection of our co-captains," said Penders. "I am really looking forward to assisting them in their new roles. They are both deserving of the title and understand that the job of captain greatly outweighs the importance of that title. If we are to raise more championships flags at J.O. Christian Field, their job will have to be well done."
The Husky duo helped propel UConn to the 2016 American Athletic Conference tournament championship in May. Earning a trip to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in seven seasons and 19th trip overall.
Hill played in 59 games last season for the Huskies, primarily as the Huskies second baseman. He registered eight multi-hit games and five multi-RBI games in 2016. Hill really came on down the stretch. homering against Memphis in the American semifinal clinching-game, and was named to the conference all-tournament team. Aside from the bat, Hill played a solid second base, committing just 11 errors in 248 chances, making some spectacular plays to aid the Huskies.
Yahn played in all 63 games for UConn in 2016, hitting a team-best .319. He led The American with 88 hits and was top-10 in the conference in batting average (.319), runs (48), doubles (20) and RBI's (46). The first-team All-Conference selection also tallied a team-high 25 multi-hit games on the year. Yahn shined defensively at third base for UConn, committing just 10 errors in 213 chances, racking up quite a few highlight plays at the hot corner.
The Huskies kick off the 2017 campaign down in Port. St. Lucie Fla. against UMass-Lowell on Friday, Feb. 17 at 3:30 p.m.