Two baseball Cats earn freshman All-American honors

Two UK baseball players earned Freshman All-American honors from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Monday, according to a UK Athletics release.

Centerfielder Austin Cousino was named a First-Team Freshman All-American. Cousino, who led off the batting order for the Cats, broke freshman UK records for both runs (61) and hits (83). He batted .319 on the season, with nine home runs and 41 RBIs. He had previously been awarded the SEC Freshman of the Year Award.

First baseman and pitcher A.J. Reed was named a Second-Team Freshman All-American. Reed batted .300 with four home runs and 43 RBIs on the season. He also had a 5-3 record with a 2.25 ERA as a pitcher.

The Cats finished the season with a 45-18 record, giving them a new program record in wins. They lost twice in regional action to the Kent State Golden Flashes in Gary, Ind., including a 21-inning marathon loss in the opening game of the tourney. Kent. State defeated the University of Oregon Monday night in a decisive third game of their series to win the super-regional and advance to the program’s first College World Series appearance.