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Weekly UConn sports update. Positive baseball season ends, NFL gets more Huskies.

POSTED May 27, 2015
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney


TORRINGTON: The UConn baseball season may have come to an end on Sunday in a 4-2 loss to East Carolina but a look at the overall season is certainly a positive one.

The Huskies finished the 2015 campaign with a 35-25 overall record, up from a 27-31 mark a year ago.

UConn posted dramatic, come from behind victories in the two wins they had in the American Athletic Conference Tournament, a 4-3 win over UCF and a 7-6 win over Tulane.

Junior Vinny Siena led the team with a .362 batting average and appeared in all 60 games his team played. Siena, from Woodbridge, CT, added seven home runs and 54 runs batted in (tops on team) while posting a .424 on base percentage.

Willy Yahn, from Falls Village and Housatonic, had a tremendous freshman campaign with a .343 batting average that included three home runs and 31 driven in. Yahn struck out just 13 times in 172 at bats, best on the Huskies.

Joe DeRoche-Duffin led the team with 11 home runs, including a dramatic two-run homer that beat Tulane in the AAC Tournament.

On the rubber, Carson Cross, a red shirt senior, led the staff with a 10-2 record that came with a 2.29 ERA with 108 strikeouts in 106 innings.

Anthony Kay, a sophomore, posted an 8-6 mark with a tiny 2.07 ERA.

The Huskies return the bulk of their batting order but will need to replace two of four starters on the bump.

2016 looks bright for manager Jim Pender.

---The number of former UConn Huskies picked up by the National Football League this off season has been impressive, starting with a guy who spent time at the Robert H. Frost during his high school years.

Byron Jones was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the first round of the NFL Draft (27th overall), matching the highest a Huskie player had ever gone (Donald Brown, 2009, Colts).

Jones had played his high school ball at St Paul and impressed whenever he stepped on the field at wide receiver or as a defensive back.

The former Falcon was not alone in taking his game to the next level though.

Geremy Davis was picked by the New York Giants in the sixth round (186 overall).

The talented wide out has been working with the Giants special teams although the team seems to like his ability to go up and get the ball.   

Deshon Foxx, who spent time at running back, receiver, kick return and quarterback in 2014, saw his versatility pay off when he signed a free agent contract to play with the Seattle Seahawks.

B.J McBryde is being given a look by the Philadelphia Eagles after being a force on the Huskies defensive line the past two seasons.

---UConn center Ryan Dozier has been named to the Rimington Trophy Watch List for 2015.

The award recognizes the most outstanding center each year and has raised over 2.6 million dollars which have been donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Community.

Dozier was moved to enter during spring practices.    

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