University of Kentucky freshman center fielder Austin Cousino was named Wednesday to play for the USA Collegiate National Team, the first Wildcat to be selected since John Wilson in 1999.
Cousino will be part of Team USA's 22-man roster, which will convene in June at the USA Baseball complex in Cary, N.C. Highlights of the team's schedule this summer include a five-game series in Cuba, July 5-9, and an event in the Netherlands July 14-22.
A native of Dublin, Ohio, Cousino is the third Wildcat to earn a spot on the USA Collegiate National Team. Chad Green represented the U.S. in the 1996 Olympic Games and Wilson played for the national team in 1999 in Japan.
Cousino has previous national team experience. He was named MVP of the International Baseball Federation World Championship while playing for the U.S. U-16 National Team in 2009.
Cousino, UK's leadoff hitter, leads the Cats in average (.345), at bats (174), runs (44), hits (60), doubles (17), steals (nine) and outfield assists (eight). He has a triple, seven homers and 35 RBI, and owns a .409 on-base percentage and a .575 slugging mark.
"It is a great honor," Cousino said in a news release. "This is the second time around for me and the first experience was a great one. You get to be surrounded by great players and coaches during the summer, which is a tremendous asset. It is a once in a lifetime experience that I get to do twice now, which is really amazing. It is a great privilege and honor to represent your country and wear USA across your chest."
UK's Littrell honored
Kentucky sophomore left-hander Corey Littrell has been named to the watch list for the College Baseball Hall of Fame National Pitcher of the Year award.
The Louisville native was one of 51 pitchers named Wednesday for the award.
Littrell is 6-0 in 10 starts this season with a 2.51 ERA.
In his staff-best 61 innings, Littrell has allowed 16 walks and struck out 52.