LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky freshman centerfielder Austin Cousino has been selected to play for the USA Collegiate National Team, UK’s first member of the USA National Team since John Wilson in 1999, it was announced on Wednesday afternoon.
A native of Dublin, Ohio, Cousino is the first Wildcat to earn a spot on the prestigious USA Collegiate National Team since Chad Green played for the USA in the 1996 Olympic Games and John Wilson played for the national team in 1999 in Japan. The 5-foot-10, 178-pound centerfielder becomes just the third player in program annals to join Team USA.
In recent years, UK stars Collin Cowgill (2007) and John Shelby (2005) received invitations to the collegiate national team trails, with both falling short of making the final roster.
A 2011 first-team All-America outfielder by Baseball America at Dublin Coffman High School, Cousino will be making his second appearance on a USA National Team, as he was named the MVP of the International Baseball Federation World Championship while starring for the USA U-16 National Team in 2009. During his 2009 summer, Cousino hit .545 (24-for-44) with 16 extra-base knocks.
Cousino has starred for the Wildcats in centerfield and as the leadoff hitter throughout his first collegiate season, currently pacing the team in average (.345), at bats (174), runs (44), hits (60), doubles (17), steals (nine) and outfield assists (eight). He has added a triple, seven homers and 35 RBI, owning a .409 on-base percentage and a .575 slugging mark.