Kentucky's Cousino makes USA Collegiate Team for second straight year

April 23, 2013 

Austin Cousino is congratulated by A. J. Reed, left, after scoring on the single by Zac Sellers in the third inning against Georgia at Cliff Hagan Stadium in Lexington, KY, Sunday, March 31, 2013. Photo by Matt Goins


Kentucky center fielder Austin Cousino was named Tuesday to USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team for the second year in a row.

Cousino, a sophomore from Dublin, Ohio, led the USA squad in hitting last summer. He is the first UK player to be named to the team more than once and only the second to make the team at all.

UK catcher John Wilson played for the USA Collegiate Team in 1999.

Last summer, Cousino led the club with a .351 average. He contributed four doubles, five RBI and three stolen bases as the U.S. went 12-5.

Entering Tuesday night's game at Western Kentucky, Cousino had started 101 games for UK, posting a .301 average with 29 doubles, three triples, 13 homers and 63 RBI, with 27 stolen bases and a .403 on-base percentage.

In 2012, Cousino was named Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year, after leading the Wildcats in nearly every offensive category.

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