Kentucky's Henderson SEC coach of year; Cousino top freshman

May 29, 2012 

  • SEC teams, awards

    Awards

    Player of the Year:  Raph Rhymes, LSU

    Pitcher of the Year:  Chris Stratton, Mississippi St.

    Freshman of the Year: Austin Cousino, Kentucky 

    Coach of the Year: Gary Henderson, Kentucky 

    Scholar Athlete of the Year:  Michael Roth, South Carolina

    FIRST TEAM

    1B Christian Walker South Carolina

    2B Alex Yarbrough Mississippi

    3B Matt Reynolds Arkansas

    SS Anthony Gomez Vanderbilt

    C Mike Zunino Florida

    OF Raph Rhymes LSU

    OF Preston Tucker Florida

    OF Taylor Dugas Alabama

    DH Brian Johnson Florida

    P Chris Stratton Mississippi State

    P Kevin Gausman LSU

    RP Steven Rodriguez Florida

    SECOND TEAM

    1B Matt Snyder Mississippi

    2B Bo Bigham Arkansas

    3B Curt Powell Georgia

    SS Nolan Fontana Florida

    C Luke Maile Kentucky 

    OF Austin Cousino Kentucky 

    OF Ryan Tella Auburn

    OF Mason Katz LSU

    DH Drew Steckenrider Tennessee

    P Alex Wood Georgia

    P Corey Littrell Kentucky 

    P Bobby Wahl Mississippi

    RP Matt Price South Carolina

    ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM

    1B A.J. Reed Kentucky  

    2B Will Maddox Tennessee

    3B Josh Tobias Florida

    SS Joey Pancake South Carolina

    C Grayson Greiner South Carolina

    OF Austin Cousino Kentucky  

    OF Tanner English South Carolina

    OF Hunter Cole Georgia

    OF Ben Moore Alabama

    DH A.J. Reed Kentucky  

    P Aaron Nola LSU

    P Tyler Beede Vanderbilt

    RP Jonathan Holder Mississippi State

    ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM

    P Ryan Eades LSU

    P Kendall Graveman Mississippi State

    P Michael Roth South Carolina

    1B Dominic Ficociello Arkansas

    2B Alex Yarbrough Mississippi

    SS Nolan Fontana Florida

    3B Matt Reynolds Arkansas

    C Mike Zunino Florida

    OF Evan Marzilli South Carolina

    OF Taylor Dugas Alabama

    OF Austin Cousino Kentucky 

University of Kentucky center fielder Austin Cousino was named Southeastern Conference baseball Freshman of the Year, and the Wildcats' Gary Henderson was honored as the league's Coach of the Year on Tuesday.

Cousino, catcher Luke Maile and pitcher Corey Littrell were named to the All-SEC second team, and first baseman A.J. Reed was selected to the All-Freshman team along with Cousino. Cousino also made the All-Defensive Team. Voting was conducted by the league's coaches.

LSU outfielder Raph Rhymes was named SEC Player of the Year. Mississippi State's Chris Stratton received the Pitcher of the Year award.

Henderson, in his fourth season as UK's head coach, is the school's first baseball Coach of the Year since 2006. Henderson guided UK to the most regular-season wins in program history (41) and into the semifinals of the SEC Tournament. He also led the program to its first No. 1 national ranking. The Cats (43-16) open NCAA Tournament play Friday against Kent State at Gary, Ind.

"It's a nice honor for the program," Henderson said of his award. "It speaks to the kids that you have in your program. It speaks to your assistant coaches, support staff, everybody involved."

Cousino set UK freshman records for hits and runs scored this season. He leads UK in nearly every offensive category, including average (.318), at-bats (239), runs (56), hits (76), doubles (19) and steals (13), and he has nine homers and 38 RBI.

"It's hard to get somebody to be successful in this league as a freshman," Henderson said. "The fact that we've got Austin doing as well as he's done and the fact we have A.J. doing as well as he's done is something I'm really happy with and very proud to have them in our program and very encouraged by what they're going to bring to us for at least two more years."

Littrell, from Louisville's Trinity High School, is 8-2 with a 2.66 ERA.

Maile, the 2009 Kentucky Mr. Baseball out of Covington Catholic High School, is a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy and the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award, both given to the top player in collegiate baseball. Maile is batting .313 with 13 doubles, 12 homers and 49 RBI.

Reed, a finalist for the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award, is hitting .314 with nine doubles, four homers and 42 RBI. On the mound, he is 5-2 with a 2.62 ERA.

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