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Austin Cousino shines with Team USA, leading team in hitting in international play

The Olympics are still three days away, but one UK athlete has already made an impression this summer while playing for a U. S. national team.


Cousino, 19, celebrates with UK teammates.
(Photo by Jon Hale)

UK rising sophomore center fielder 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.


A native of Dublin, Ohio, Cousino paced USA in hitting with a .351 average (13-for-37) in 16 games with 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 in the wooden-bat international competition.


The USA Collegiate National Team consisted of the 22 of the best players in college baseball, coached by Tennessee head coach Dave Serrano. Cousino was joined by several SEC stars, including Georgia shortstop Kyle Farmer, Mississippi State shortstop Adam Frazier, Florida right-hander Jonathan Crawford, Tennessee righty Zack Godley, Ole Miss right-hander Bobby Wahl and Arkansas righty Ryne Stanek.


From UK Athletics

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