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Former UK center fielder Cousino wins spot on Northwest League All-Star team

Austin Cousino has hit .281 (43-for-153) in his professional debut with the Everett AquaSox (Photo from UK Athletics)   Former Kentucky star center fielder Austin Cousino has been named to the Northwest League North Division All-Star Team. The game will be played Aug. 6 in Eugene, Ore.   A native of Dublin, Ohio, Cousino has hit .281 (43-for-153) in his professional debut with the Everett...

Wildcats' A.J. Reed named Player of Year by American Baseball Coaches Association

A.J. Reed was named National Player of the Year and a first-team All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association and Austin Cousino earned his second consecutive Rawlings Golden Glove Award (Photo from UK Athletics)   Two-way Kentucky star AJ Reed has been named National Player of the Year and first-team All-America, Austin Cousino earned his second consecutive Rawlings Golden Glove...

UK's Cousino captures Academic All-America accolades from Sports Information Directors

Kentucky outfielder Austin Cousino has been named third-team Capital One Academic All-America by the College Sports Information Directors Association (Photo from UK Athletics)   Kentucky outfielder Austin Cousino has been named a Capital One Academic All-America, it was announced by the College Sports Information Directors Association.   Cousino, a 2014 All-SEC Defensive Team selection, was...

UK junior centerfielder Cousino selected in third round of MLB draft by Mariners

UK outfielder Austin Cousino was drafted in the third round by the Seattle Mariners (Photo from UK Athletics) Kentucky junior centerfielder Austin Cousino has been selected in the third round of the Major League draft, going No. 80 overall to the Seattle Mariners.   A native of Dublin, Ohio, Cousino was selected in the third round. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound left-handed hitter, is the second Kentucky...

A. J. Reed earns First-Team All-SEC honors; Barrett, Fettes, Cousino also recognized

Staff report   Four UK baseball players joined the 25 Kentucky college players previously earning postseason conference honors by being selected to All-Southeastern Conference postseason teams by the league’s coaches Tuesday.   A. J. Reed rounds third after a home run. (File photo by Jon Hale) UK first baseman and left-handed pitcher A. J. Reed was named First-Team All-SEC at the DH/UT...

UK baseball team's SEC Tournament run ends in first round with 4-1 loss to Ole Miss

Staff report   The UK baseball team’s season came to an end Tuesday with a 4-1 loss to Ole Miss in the first round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament.   The Wildcats, who likely needed to win the tournament to earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament, finish the season at 30-25, one year after setting a program record for wins.   UK played from behind for almost the entire game...

Tourney stakes high as UK baseball closes regular season with three games at Missouri

With three games remaining in the regular season, the UK baseball team likely faces a must-win series in Missouri to have a chance to earn an at-large NCAA Tournament bid.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] National college baseball writers Aaron Fitt of Baseball America and Kendall Rogers of Perfect Game projected this week that a series loss at Missouri, which is 16-30 on the season and...

UK baseball feeling better about tourney hopes after win versus No. 15 Indiana

A. J. Reed rounds third base after a third inning home run. (Photo by Jon Hale)   With losses in five of its last six weekend games, the UK baseball team need a win Tuesday to boost its sagging hopes of earning a NCAA Tourney at-large bid.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] A seventh-inning comeback gave the Wildcats just that with a 5-3 victory.   “How encouraging was it?...

UK freshman OF Kyle Barrett providing Cats consistent presence in leadoff spot

UK freshman outfielder Kyle Barrett was not the most highly touted recruit in Gary Henderson‘s 2013 class.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Four other UK signees were ranked among the top 500 high school seniors by Perfect Game USA.   Barrett was not considered a highly touted MLB draft prospect.   While five UK signees were selected in the 2012 draft, Barrett saw all...

UofL closer Nick Burdi invited to play for U. S. Collegiate National Team during summer

A second Kentucky college baseball player has been invited to play for Team USA this summer.   Louisville sophomore right-handed reliever Nick Burdi has been selected for the 2013 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, the school announced Wednesday.   Nick Burdi. (Photo from UofL Sports Information) On Tuesday, UK outfielder Austin Cousino, who played for team USA during the summer of 2012,...

UK outfielder Austin Cousino selected to U. S. collegiate team for second time

For the second consecutive year, UK sophomore center fielder Austin Cousino has been named to the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team.   Austin Cousino celebrates after a home run as a freshman. (File photo by Jon Hale) A native of Dublin, Ohio, Cousino returns to Team USA a year removed from leading the club in hitting. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound left-handed hitting outfielder is the first player...

UK baseball aims to move past LSU sweep in time for daunting stretch vs. ranked foes

UK players huddle before Tuesday's game versus Austin Peay. (Photo by Jon Hale)   Almost halfway through the Southeastern Conference schedule, the UK baseball team’s season is at a crossroads.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] UK is 23-9 on the season, 6-6 in SEC play and ranked No. 13 in the Baseball America top 25. The Wildcats have already won SEC series at Florida and home...

UK baseball aims to move past LSU sweep
in time for daunting stretch vs. ranked foes

UK players huddle before Tuesday's game versus Austin Peay. (Photo by Jon Hale)   Almost halfway through the Southeastern Conference schedule, the UK baseball team’s season is at a crossroads.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] UK is 23-9 on the season, 6-6 in SEC play and ranked No. 13 in the Baseball America top 25. The Wildcats have already won SEC series at Florida and home...

Ryan Huck, Corey Littrell, Anthony Kidston win week seven BluGrass Baseball awards

Week seven of the college baseball season was feast or famine for Kentucky teams. Three teams finished 3-1 on the week, while three finished the week winless (NKU finished at 1-2). See below for links to all the box scores for the seven Division I programs’ games, top performers for each team and the BluGrass Baseball weekly awards:   University of Kentucky (3-1) Corey Littrell. (Photo by...

Kozlowski, Thompson, Teegarden win week five BluGrass Baseball college awards

Four of the seven Kentucky Division I baseball teams posted winning records in week five of the college baseball season. See below for a rundown of each of the seven DI programs’ performances with links to box scores, a summary of each team’s top performers and the list of the weekly BluGrass Baseball award winners.   University of Louisville (4-0) Wednesday — UofL 3, Purdue...

J. T. Riddle, Jeff Thompson, Taylor Mathews earn first 2013 BluGrass Baseball honors

Three Kentucky Division I teams opened the 2013 season with a winning record in the first weekend. See below for a rundown of each of the seven DI programs’ first weekend, as well as the BluGrass Baseball weekly awards:   University of Kentucky (3-0) J. T. Riddle. (Photo from UK Athletics) Friday — UK 9, UNC Asheville 2 Sunday — UK 20, Niagara 3 Monday — UK 11, USC Upstate...

Preseason BluGrass Baseball Player of Year Austin Cousino hopes to build on debut

On a Friday night in April, when UK outfielder Austin Cousino faced the LSU ace who would be selected with the No. 4 pick in the MLB draft less than two months later, he looked like anything but the eventual Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] It was how Cousino responded to an 0-for-5, five-strikeout game versus Kevin Gausman and the LSU bullpen...

UK baseball team not shying away from lofty preseason hype after record-setting season

When the UK baseball team opens its season on Feb. 15 in South Carolina, more than eight months will have passed since the Wildcats saw a school-record 45-win season come to a disappointing end in the Gary, Ind., NCAA Tournament regional.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] UK players have not forgotten the taste in their mouth after a loss to Kent State eliminated them from the tournament.   “I...

Cardinals ranked No. 4, Cats ranked No. 11 in Baseball America's preseason top 25 poll

UofL head coach Dan McDonnell and UK head coach Gary Henderson exchange lineup cards before a 2012 game. (Photo by Jon Hale)   Staff report   When the college baseball season begins in mid February, a pair of Kentucky teams will be among the favorites to reach Omaha for the College World Series.   UofL was ranked fourth and UK was ranked 11th in the preseason Baseball America top 25...

Four local baseball players earn preseason All-American honors from writers association

Staff report   The collegiate baseball season is still two months away, but the preseason accolades have already started to roll in for local players.   Mercer County High School alum Matt Honchel, who is a sophomore outfielder at Miami (Ohio), was named a second-team preseason All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. The organization also named UK sophomore outfielder...