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Jul 24, 2012 11:32 AM by Alan Cutler

Cousino Leading Hitter On USA National Team

UK centerfielder Austin Cousino finished the summer as the leading hitter on the USA Collegiate National Team, helping guide the club to the bronze medal in the Netherlands during the Honkbal Week at Pim Mulier Stadium.

USA suffered a loss in extra-innings in the semifinals on Saturday to Cuba, with Cuba winning in the 10th inning due to international tie breaker rules with runners placed at first and second base and no outs to start the frame.

USA then won the bronze medal game vs. host Netherlands 4-3 on Sunday afternoon at Pim Mulier Stadium.

Cousino led USA in hitting with a .351 average (13-for-37) in 16 games, totaling four doubles, five RBI and 10 runs scored. Cousino stole three bases during the summer and owned a .479 on-base percentage and a .459 slugging mark with the wooden bats in the international competition.

The USA Collegiate National Team consisted of the top 22 players in college baseball, coached by Tennessee head coach Dave Serrano.

Cousino had the best rookie season in UK history, leading with a .319 average as the Cats had a school-record 45-win season. Cousino became the first UK star to win SEC Freshman of the Year, with the centerfielder also named second-team All-SEC, to the All-SEC Defensive Team and the All-SEC Freshman Team. Cousino was also named first-team Freshman All-America by Baseball America and Perfect Game USA and freshman All-America by Louisville Slugger and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

The 5-foot-9, 178-pound left-handed hitter Cousino led UK in nearly every offensive category, including at bats (260), runs (61), hits (83), doubles (20), triples (two), steals (15) and outfield assists (eight). Cousino added nine homers and 41 RBI, drawing 26 walks and getting hit by 13 pitches.

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