UConn baseball pitcher Anthony Kay has accepted an invitation to join the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team.
The team — which consists of 24 non-draft eligible prospects — will play at least 17 international games over the course of June and July.
“I am extremely excited for this chance to play alongside the best players in college baseball against some of the world’s finest competition,” Kay said in a press release. “We are remaining focused on our season here at UConn but I know this will be a terrific opportunity for me and for our program.”
After going 5-4 with a 3.49 ERA last season in 67 innings pitched, Kay has blossomed into one of the best pitchers in the country in 2015. The sophomore leads the American Athletic Conference and ranks 12th nationally with a 1.29 ERA.
Kay also leads the American in opposing batting average (.189) and is second in innings pitched (70).
“We are thrilled for Anthony,” head coach Jim Penders said in a press release. “He has worked to earn the opportunity to wear USA across his chest, and I know it is an honor for him to represent his country.”
Kay is the first Husky to play for the College National Team since pitcher Matt Barnes and current Astros standout George Springer were invited in 2010. In 2011, LJ Mazilli was selected as an alternate for the team but did not play.
“Whenever UConn baseball can be represented in the Red, White, and Blue, it is so humbling,” Penders said. “Anthony joins a long list of former Huskies to have the privilege, and I’m sure he will make the most of this chance by representing himself, our program, and university in the best way possible.”