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    Cousino Named Baseball America Preseason All-America

    Jan. 31, 2013

    LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky sophomore centerfielder Austin Cousino – the 2012 Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year – has been voted second-team Baseball America preseason All-America by MLB scouting directors, it was announced on Thursday afternoon.

    Cousino is the first UK player to earn preseason All-America honors through Baseball America and the annual MLB scouting directors vote since Chris Bisson was a third-team honoree in 2010. Baseball America annually polls major league scouting directors to vote on the team and make their selections based on performance, talent and professional potential.

    Cousino joins junior southpaw Corey Littrell and sophomore two-way standout A.J. Reed as preseason All-America honorees. Littrell and Cousino were named second-team by Louisville Slugger and third-team preseason All-America by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Reed, a 6-foot-4, 245-pound lefty and first baseman, was also named third-team preseason All-America by the NCBWA.

    A native of Dublin, Ohio, Cousino had one of the best seasons in program history as a freshman in 2012, leading the Wildcats to a school-record 45-win campaign. UK soared to its first ever No. 1 national ranking, sitting as the nation’s top-ranked team for three weeks, while Cousino became the first Wildcat to win SEC Freshman of the Year.

    During his 2012 season, Cousino started 62 games in centerfield and as the leadoff hitter, batting a team-high .319 (83-for-260) with 61 runs, 20 doubles, two triples, nine homers, 41 RBI and 15 steals. He totaled a .408 on-base percentage and a .515 slugging mark, totaling 18 two-out hits and nine two-out RBI. He reached base safely in 59 of his 62 games and with 28 multiple-hit games, ranked second in UK single-season history. In SEC play, Cousino led UK with a .302 average, with 10 doubles, six homers and 17 RBI.

    Defensively, Cousino dazzled in shattering the UK single-season record for putouts by an outfielder, hauling in 142 putouts and leading the club with eight outfield assists. He finished the year ranked third in UK freshman history in RBI, second in homers, 12th in average, second in doubles, seventh in walks and third in steals. In UK single-season history, Cousino ranked 12th in hits, 11th in doubles, second in at bats, sixth in starts and ninth in hit by pitches (13).

    He ranked among the SEC leaders in nearly every category, checking in ninth in slugging, second in runs, seventh in hits, second in doubles, eighth in homers, third in total bases, sixth in HBP, fifth in steals, first in at bats and second in plate appearances.

    After the year, Cousino and Reed became the first UK players to earn consensus freshman All-America accolades. Cousino was also named second-team All-SEC, to the All-SEC Defensive Team and the All-SEC Freshman Team. During the summer, Cousino was the leading hitter for the USA Collegiate National Team, pacing the club during its five-game swing in Cuba and its bronze medal finish during Honkbal Week in the Netherlands. He hit .351 during the summer to pace the 22-man USA roster, managed by Tennessee head coach Dave Serrano.

    Kentucky, ranked a school-record No. 8 in the preseason, opens its 2013 season on Feb. 15 in Spartanburg, S.C., against UNC Asheville at 12 p.m. ET.

    2013 Preseason All-America Teams
    First Team       
    C  Andrew Knapp, California       
    1B Brian Ragira, Stanford                        
    2B JaCoby Jones, Louisiana State
    3B Colin Moran, North Carolina
    SS Trea Turner, N.C. State           
    OF Phillip Ervin, Samford                         
    OF Aaron Judge, Fresno State      
    OF Austin Wilson, Stanford          
    DH Kris Bryant, San Diego            
    UT Marco Gonzales, Gonzaga      
    SP Mark Appel, Stanford             
    SP Sean Manaea, Indiana State
    SP Carlos Rodon, N.C. State         
    SP Ryne Stanek, Arkansas
    RP Colby Suggs, Arkansas            
    UT Marco Gonzales, Gonzaga

    Second Team
    C  Spencer Navin, Vanderbilt
    1B Conrad Gregor, Vanderbilt     
    2B Tony Kemp, Vanderbilt           
    3B D.J. Peterson, New Mexico     
    SS Brandon Trinkwon, UC Santa Barbara
    OF Michael Conforto, Oregon Stat
    OF Austin Cousino, Kentucky        
    OF Derek Fisher, Virginia
    DH Daniel Palka, Georgia Tech
    UT Michael Lorenzen, Cal State Fullerton           

    SP Jonathon Crawford, Florida    
    SP Ryan Eades, Louisiana State
    SP Bobby Wahl, Mississippi         
    SP Trevor Williams, Arizona State
    RP Corey Knebel, Texas   
    UT Michael Lorenzen, Cal State Fullerton

    Third Team
    C  Ty Ross, Louisiana State          
    1B Kevin Cron, Texas Christian    
    2B L.J. Mazzilli, Connecticut        
    3B Eric Jagielo, Notre Dame        
    SS Adam Frazier, Mississippi State
    OF Jared King, Kansas State         
    OF Jason Monda, Washington State        
    OF Mason Robbins, Southern Miss          
    DH Johnny Field, Arizona
    UT Aaron Brown, Pepperdine

    SP Dillon Overton, Oklahoma      
    SP Adam Plutko, UCLA     
    SP Karsten Whitson, Florida        
    SP Kevin Ziomek, Vanderbilt       
    RP Andrew Mitchell, Texas Christian      
    UT Aaron Brown, Pepperdine