UK's Cousino wins Rawlings Gold Glove

Austin Cousino

Kentucky sophomore centerfielder Austin Cousino was one of nine college players who were honored Wednesday with a Rawlings Gold Glove for defensive excellence.

Kentucky sophomore centerfielder Austin Cousino was one of nine college players who were honored Wednesday with a Rawlings Gold Glove for defensive excellence.

It marked the second consecutive year a Wildcat was honored. Pitcher Corey Littrell earned a Rawlings Gold Glove last season when he led the SEC in pickoffs.

A native of Dublin, Ohio, Cousino has now won two Rawlings Gold Gloves in his baseball career. He also won one as a high school senior at Dublin Coffman. He has been on the SEC All-Defense Team both years as a Wildcat.

As a freshman, Cousino broke UK's record for outfield putouts (142), leading the team with eight outfield assists. He also hit a team-leading .319 with 20 doubles, two triples, nine homers, 41 RBI and 15 steals.

In 2013, Cousino started 55 games in centerfield, batting .249 with 12 doubles, one triple, six homers, 27 RBI, and 14 stolen bases.

Cousino was joined on this year's Rawlings Gold Glove honoree list by Buffalo senior Jason Kanzler and North Carolina State's Brett Williams in the outfield.

The SEC had two other honorees in Ole Miss catcher Stuart Turner and Alabama second baseman Kyle Overstreet.

Cousino's summer will once again be spent with the USA Collegiate National Team, becoming the first player in Kentucky history to earn invites to the USA team in multiple years.

USA will begin training on Friday, before playing games throughout late June and early July. The club will travel to Matsuyama, Japan, and Tokyo for five games with the Japan National Team. The summer for the USA club will conclude with five unique games against the Cuban National Team from July 18-23.

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