LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky sophomore centerfielder Austin Cousino – the 2012 Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year – and junior southpaw Corey Littrell have each been selected second-team preseason All-America by Louisville Slugger and the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, it was announced on Friday afternoon.
The duo earned their second preseason All-America honor of the season, as Cousino and Littrell were named third-team by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. UK two-way standout A.J. Reed was also named third-team preseason All-America by the NCBWA after a consensus first-team freshman All-America season in 2012. The UK preseason All-Americans in 2012 are UK’s first since Chris Bisson was honored before the 2010 season.
A native of Dublin, Ohio, Cousino is coming off a season that saw him become the first player in program history to win SEC Freshman of the Year. The 5-foot-10 left-handed hitting centerfielder led UK with a .319 (83-for-260) average as a freshman with 20 doubles, two triples, nine homers and 41 RBI, stealing 15 bases and sporting a .408 on-base percentage. After the season, Cousino – who was a consensus freshman All-America selection – led the USA Collegiate National Team in hitting during the summer.
Littrell, the former Louisville Slugger Kentucky High School Player of the Year out of Trinity High School, had one of the most dominating seasons for a UK pitcher in program history as a sophomore. The Louisville, Ky., native went 9-2 with a 2.74 ERA in 2012, with 87 strikeouts in 98.2 innings. Littrell finished 2012 with the fourth-most wins in UK history and became just the second UK player since 1987 to win nine or more games. With a 2.74 ERA, Littrell had the eighth-best single-season ERA in UK annals. The 6-foot-3 lefty shined during a six-start stretch to open SEC play, pitching UK to five series finale rubber-match wins and one sweep-clinching win. Littrell, who worked 10 quality starts in 2012, went 9-1 with a 1.48 ERA in his quality outings. Following the year, Littrell became the eighth pitcher to earn All-SEC honors and the third UK hurler since 1997 to earn All-SEC accolades.
Kentucky, ranked a program-best No. 8 in the preseason by Collegiate Baseball, will open up its 103rd official season on Feb. 15 against UNC Asheville at Wofford. UK is coming off a school-record 45-win season in 2012, claiming 20 wins against SEC foes and equaling UK’s best all-time finishes in the SEC and NCAA Tournaments.
FIRST-TEAM PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA
RHP Nick Petree, Missouri St.
RHP Mark Appel, Stanford
LHP Carlos Rodon, N.C. State
RHP Trevor Williams, Arizona St.
RHP Adam Plutko, UCLA
LHP Sean Manaea, Indiana St.
Relief Jimmie Sherfy, Oregon
C Mitchell Garver, New Mexico
1B George Roberts, Kent St
2B L.J. Mazzilli, Connecticut
3B D.J. Peterson, New Mexico
SS Trea Turner, N.C. State
OF Raph Rhymes, LSU
OF Michael Conforto, Oregon St.
OF Boomer Collins, Dallas Baptist
DH Nick Backlund, Mercer
UT Michael Lorenzen, Cal. St. Fullerton
SECOND-TEAM PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA
RHP Ryne Stanek, Arkansas
LHP Kent Emanuel, North Carolina
LHP Dillon Overton, Oklahoma
RHP Jonathan Gray, Oklahoma
RHP Chris Rowley, Army
RHP Buck Farmer, Georgia Tech.
RHP Konner Wade, Arizona
LHP Corey Littrell, Kentucky
RHP Tyler Skulina, Kent St.
RHP Bobby Wahl, Mississippi
RHP Aaron Nola, Louisiana St.
Relief Corey Knebel, Texas
Relief Aaron Burke, Coastal Carolina
C Grayson Greiner, South Carolina
C Spencer Navin, Vanderbilt
1B Mason Katz, Louisiana St.
1B Conrad Gregor, Vanderbilt
2B Erich Weiss, Texas
3B Kris Bryant, San Diego
SS Adam Frazier, Mississippi St.
OF Johnny Field, Arizona
OF Austin Cousino, Kentucky
OF Austin Wilson, Stanford
UT Marco Gonzales, Gonzaga
THIRD-TEAM PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA
RHP Preston Morrison, Texas Christian
RHP Andrew Mitchell, Texas Christian
LHP Brandon Leibrandt, Florida St.
RHP Mike Compton, Florida St.
LHP Jordan Montgomery, South Carolina
RHP Colby Holmes, South Carolina
RHP Andrew Pierce, Southern Mississippi
LHP Ben Wetzler, Oregon St.
RHP Jonathon Crawford, Florida
RHP Austin Kubitza, Rice
Relief Preston Hatcher, Western Carolina
Relief Michael Wagner, San Diego
Relief Dan Slania, Notre Dame
Relief Jonathan Holder, Mississippi St.
Relief Colby Suggs, Arkansas
Relief Tyler Webb, South Carolina
Relief Ryan Connolly, Coastal Carolina
C Riley Moore, Arizona
C Austin Wynns, Fresno St.
1B Brian Ragira, Stanford
1B Johnny Coy, Wichita St.
1B Ryan Padilla, New Mexico
2B Steve Wilkerson, Clemson
2B Jordan Hankins, Austin Peay St.
2B Dominic Ficociello, Arkansas
2B Tony Kemp, Vanderbilt
3B Colin Moran, North Carolina
3B Eric Jagielo, Notre Dame
3B Joey Cujas, Virginia Commonwealth
3B Alex Blandino, Stanford
3B Jose Trevino, Oral Roberts
SS Hunter Dozier, Stephen F. Austin
SS Parker Hipp, New Mexico St.
OF Hunter Renfroe, Mississippi St.
OF Phillip Ervin, Samford
OF Brandon Thomas, Georgia Tech.
OF Bill Cullen, Virginia Commonwealth
OF Tyler Molinaro, N.C. Wilmington
UT Desmond Russell, Jackson St.