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Reed picks up another national Player of the Year award

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- 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 Award, and Max Kuhn has been tabbed second-team All-Region, it was announced by the American Baseball Coaches Association on Wednesday afternoon.

A native of Terre Haute, Ind., Reed earned his fourth national player of the year honor in 2014 with the ABCA honor. The two-way star is seeking to become the third all-time Southeastern Conference player to earn unanimous national player of the year accolades, joining David Price (2007) and Dave Magadan (1983).

Reed has been named national player of the year by Collegiate Baseball and the ABCA, the College Player of the Year by Baseball America, and on Saturday won the 2014 Dick Howser Trophy, presented by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association at the College World Series.

The 6-foot-4, 240-pound left-handed pitcher/first baseman was named first-team All-America by the ABCA, first-team All-Region as the designated hitter and second-team All-Region as a starting pitcher. Reed has earned first-team All-America honors from Baseball America, the NCBWA, Louisville Slugger, Perfect Game USA and the ABCA.

Reed joins Kuhn, UK’s third baseman, on the ABCA All-Region team, with Cousino – UK three-year anchor in centerfield – winning his second consecutive ABCA Rawlings Gold Glove Award. Cousino’s honor marks the third player Kentucky history to win the Rawlings Gold Glove Award, joining second baseman Ryan Wilkes (2008) and lefty Corey Littrell (2012).

The 2014 SEC Player of the Year, Reed finished his 2014 season leading college baseball in homers (23), slugging (.735) and OPS (1.211), while leading the SEC in wins (12), RBI (73), walks (49), total bases (164) and on-base percentage. Reed is the first player in the SEC to hit 20 or more homers in the BBCOR era, the sixth player in league history to lead the NCAA in homers, and his 23 bombs tied a UK single-season record. He also posted a 2.09 ERA along with his 12-2 record, hitting .462 in his 16 pitching starts, with six homers and 22 RBI. Reed finished 2014 with more homers than 185 teams in college baseball, including six SEC schools. His 15 homers in SEC play marked more than all but three other league programs.


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