Three Baseball Standouts Named Preseason All-America
Dec. 13, 2012
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky baseball sophomore centerfielder Austin Cousino, junior southpaw Corey Littrell and sophomore two-way standout A.J. Reed have been named third-team preseason All-America by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, it was announced.
The UK trio are the first preseason All-America selections for Kentucky since Chris Bisson was a third-team preseason All-America honoree by Baseball America in 2010. Cousino, the 2012 Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year, was a consensus freshman All-America selection a year ago, joining Reed, who was a consensus first-team freshman All-America honoree. In 2012, Littrell became just the second UK starting pitcher since 1997 to earn All-SEC honors.
A native of Dublin, Ohio, Cousino became the first player in program history to be voted SEC Freshman of the Year in 2012, leading UK in average (.319), at bats (260), runs (61), hits (83), doubles (20) and steals (15). After his consensus freshman All-America campaign, Cousino led the USA Collegiate National Team in hitting during the summer, leading the club to the bronze medal during Honkbal Week in the Netherlands. Cousino added nine homers, 41 RBI and eight outfield assists in 2012, setting a new UK school record with 142 putouts from his centerfield post. He finished 2012 ranking second in single-season UK history in at bats, sixth in starts (62), ninth in hit by pitches (13), 11th in doubles and 12th in hits. His 28 multiple-hit games marked the second-most in UK single-season history and he finished the year ranked ninth in the SEC in slugging (.515), second in runs, seventh in hits, second in doubles, eighth in homers, third in total bases, sixth in HBP, fifth in steals, first in at bats and second in plate appearances (303).
Littrell, the 2010 Louisville Slugger Kentucky High School Player of the Year out of Trinity High School, had a dominating 2012 season as UK’s Sunday starter. The native of Louisville, Ky., led UK with a 9-2 record and a 2.74 ERA, making 16 weekend starts with 87 strikeouts in 98.2 innings. The southpaw opened up the year with a 8-0 record, finishing with nine wins to rank fourth in UK single-season wins, marking just the fourth nine-or-more game winner in UK history. Littrell became just the second UK player since 1987 to win nine or more games and his ERA marked the eighth-best total in UK history. In his 10 quality starts of 2012, Littrell went 9-1 with a 1.48 ERA. A semifinalist for the College Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher of the Year Award, he thrust himself into the SEC Pitcher of the Year race with a six-start stretch to open SEC play, winning five rubber matches and clinching a sweep of No. 2 South Carolina. He ranked seventh in the SEC in ERA, sixth in innings pitched, sixth in strikeouts, third in wins and first in runners picked off. Following the year, Littrell won the American Baseball Coaches Association Rawlings Gold Glove Award, given to the NCAA’s top defensive pitcher. In his career, Littrell has a 15-8 record in 29 starts.
Reed’s 2012 season earned him consensus first-team freshman All-America honors, batting .300 (60-for-200) with nine doubles, four homers and 43 RBI and going 5-3 with a 2.52 ERA on the mound. A 6-foot-4, 240-pound lefty, Reed worked 53.2 innings, walking only nine and striking out 51. He finished 2012 ranked second on the team and 11th in the SEC with 43 RBI and led UK in hitting against SEC foes, batting .324 with two homers and 15 RBI. Reed was completely dominating on the mound in 2012 and without his final non-conference start of the year, went 5-2 with a 1.76 ERA in 51 innings. Reed starred in the postseason for the Wildcats, including going 4-for-4 as the No. 4 hitter and starting pitcher against Ole Miss in the SEC Tournament opener, tossing 5.2 shutout innings and belting the game-winning homer off Rebels ace Bobby Wahl. Days later while UK was locked in a 21-inning marathon with No. 25 Kent State in the NCAA Tournament opener, Reed played the first nine innings at DH, moved to first for three innings and then took the mound to toss a career-high nine innings in relief. Following the season, Reed was a force in the Cape Cod League, ranking third in the circuit in ERA (2.32).
Kentucky will open up its 2013 season on Feb. 15 at 12 p.m. ET vs. UNC Asheville in Spartanburg, S.C., on the campus of Wofford. The Wildcats return six position starters and eight key members of a dynamic pitching staff that paced UK to a school-record 45 wins in 2012. Following the 2012 season, UK had a school-record nine players picked in the 2012 MLB Draft – second most in the NCAA – and tied for the nation lead with nine players from its 2013 roster playing in the Cape Cod League or with the USA National Team.
PLAYER BIO INFORMATION
Led Team USA in hitting while leading the club to the Bronze medal at the Honkbal Week in the Netherlands … Hit .351 (13-for-50) with four doubles and five RBI … Was hit by two pitches and had an 8-8 walk-strikeout ratio … Finished with a .939 OPS, owing a .479 on-base percentage and a .459 slugging mark … Stole three bases in four attempts … 44-percent of his at bats went as quality at bats … USA played seven total games vs. Cuba, including five in Cuba … Got red-hot during Honkbal Week, going 3-for-4 in an extra-inning thriller vs. Cuba … Was coached by Tennessee head coach Dave Serrano during the summer.
Had one of the best seasons for a freshman in UK history, becoming the first UK player to earn SEC Freshman of the Year honors … Was Named a consensus freshman All-America honoree, second-team All-SEC, SEC All-Defensive Team and NCAA Gary Regional All-Tournament … Just the second freshman All-American in program history (In 2012 A.J. Reed was also a freshman All-America) … Earned a spot on the USA Collegiate National Team, one of the top-22 players in the NCAA, and led the club in hitting … Played and started 62 games, missing one contest due to minor injury, starting in centerfield and as the leadoff hitter … Led UK with a .319 average (83-for-260) with team-highs in doubles (20), triples (two) and steals (15) … Totaled nine homers and 41 RBI, owning a 26-39 walk-strikeout ratio … Reached base safely in 59 of 62 games … Stole 15-of-16 bases and was hit by 13 pitches … Laid down four sacrifice bunts … Ranked second in the SEC with eight outfield assists, throwing out three runners at the plate and having a three-assist game vs. No. 10 Ole Miss … In UK single-season history, ranked 12th in hits, 11th in doubles, second in at bats, sixth in starts and ninth in HBP … Shattered the UK season record with 142 putouts from his CF position, breaking the previous record of 128 by Antone DeJesus in 2005 … Ranked third in UK freshman history in RBI, second in homers, 12th in average, second in doubles, seventh in walks and third in steals … Ranked among the SEC leaders in nearly every category, including ninth in slugging, second in runs, seventh in hits, second in doubles, eighth in homers, third in total bases, sixth in HBP, fifth in steals, first in at bats and second in plate appearances … Led UK in hitting in SEC games, batting .302 (35-for-116) with 10 doubles, six homers and 17 RBI, stealing 6-of-7 bases … In non-conference games, batting .333 (48-for-144) with 10 doubles, two triples, three homers and 24 RBI, stealing 9-of-9 bases … Hit .360 (50-for-139) in home games, with 10 doubles, five homers and 24 RBI … In games UK won, led UK in hitting with a .363 average (69-for-190) with 16 doubles, eight homers and 35 RBI, stealing 13-of-13 bases … In February, batted .424 (14-for-33) with a homer and eight RBI, batted .329 (27-for-82) with three homers and 13 RBI in March, .333 (24-for-72) with four homers and 16 RBI in April, and .212 (11-for-52) with a homer and an RBI in May … In 33 games vs. SEC opponents, including the SEC Tournament, batted .281 (36-for-128) with 10 doubles, six homers and 17 RBI … While leading UK to a 28-2 record in the first 30 games, batted .363 (45-for-124) with 11 doubles, one triple, five homers and 26 RBI … Led UK with 28 multiple-hit games, 12 multi-RBI games, running up a 14-game hitting streak … His 28 multi-hit games ranked as the second-most in UK single-season history … Hit .316 (31-for-98) with runners on base, .321 (52-for-162) with the bases empty and .571 (4-for-7, 2 2Bs, 9 RBI) with the bases loaded … Reached base safely in 46-percent of his leadoff chances … Hit .308 (20-for-65) with runners in scoring position, with seven doubles, three homers and 32 RBI … Hit .302 in the first inning, .375 in the second, .316 in the third, .286 in the fourth, .385 in the fifth, .276 in the sixth, .421 in the seventh ,290 in the eighth, .357 in the ninth and .167 in extra innings … Opened his career on a 14-game hitting streak, batting .326 (26-for-61) with seven doubles, one triple, one homer and 13 RBI … Had an extra-base hit in six of his first seven collegiate games … First career hit came in the season opener at Wofford, a RBI double into the right-centerfield gap in the eighth inning … Launched first career homer vs. Buffalo on Feb. 24 … Had a career-high four-hit game vs. UIC on March 4 … Had a two-double game at USC Upstate … Hit homers in three consecutive games from March 25-March 31 … Was named SEC Freshman of the Week after leading UK to a series win at No. 18 Georgia – UK’s first since 2000 – batting .375 (6-for-15) with nine RBI during the week … Hit two homers and had six RBI during the three-game series win over UGA … Had three-RBI games seven times in 2012 … After a five-strikeout game against No. 1 LSU and ace Kevin Gausman, responded to homer in his first at bat of the next game vs. the Tigers and finished with five hits, four RBI, two steals. two doubles and one homer over the next two games to lead UK to the first ever series win over a No. 1 ranked team … Launched homers vs. Alabama, Vanderbilt, No. 1 LSU, Cincinnati, Georgia, Western Kentucky, Tennessee and Buffalo … Was named to the NCAA Gary Regional All-Tourney team after batting 7-for-21 during the four-game tournament, with three RBI and a double, stealing two bases.
One of the most highly decorated high school players in the nation, was the MVP of 16U International Baseball Federation World Championship while starring for the USA National Team in their gold medal quest … Hit .545 (24-for-44) with 16 extra-base hits during the summer for the USA National Team in 2009 … A first-team All-America outfield selection by Baseball America in 2011, one of the most prestigious honors a high school baseball player can receive ... Batted .529 as a senior, with 17 doubles, 10 homers, 31 RBI and was a perfect 28-for-28 on the base paths … Set the school single-season records for runs scored (42) and stolen bases … Named the Central District and All-Metro Player of the Year in 2011 … Earned the American Baseball Coaches Association Gold Glove Award in 2011 … “The first thing that comes to mind with (Austin) is he’s the best instinctive baserunner that I’ve ever seen,” Director of the 16U USA National Team Jeff Singer said to Baseball America in a 2010 profile of Cousino. “If an outfielder made one tiny mistake, Austin saw it and he took advantage of it. He’s kind of a Jacoby Ellsbury type.” … Had surgery to repair a posterior labrum tear in high school and attempted to return to the field by learning to throw right-handed for the first time in his life, showcasing unyielding competitiveness … “This kid gets it,” Dublin Coffman head coach Tim Saunders said. “He’s a competitor, he understands competition and he wants to be a part of the best competition he can be in every day. Most kids aren’t like that.” ... “He decided he was going to (learn how to throw right-handed) after he was injured,” Saunders said. “It wasn’t anything he practiced growing up. He decided he was going to play for us (as a junior) opposite-handed.” … Named first-team all-conference and all-district … Perfect Game USA listed Cousino as a first-team all-region selection … Also played for the North Coast Vipers in the 16U Championships East … First-team Ohio as a sophomore and senior … Sat out his junior season after having shoulder surgery … Hit .456 with 27 runs, 11 doubles, three homers and 19 RBI as a sophomore … Batted .410 with four doubles, one homer and four RBI as a freshman … A 12-time academic honor roll selection … Also played football at Dublin Coffman.
Full name is Austin Spencer Cousino … Born, April 17, 1993 … Son of Tim and Marsha Cousino … Has five siblings, brother Andrew (23), and sisters Nataleigh (30), Nicole (27), Laura (25) and Jordan (21).
Made eight starts during the summer for Harwich in the Cape Cod League … Owned a 1-3 record and a 5.11 ERA, tossing 39 innings, allowing 13 walks and 34 hits, striking out 52 … In his first start of the summer on June 17, worked four hitless innings with eight strikeouts … Tossed seven innings in a hard-luck loss vs. Cotuit on July 22, allowing two runs with one walk and 10 strikeouts … Ranked sixth in the league in strikeouts at the end of the summer.
Was a force for the Wildcats as the Sunday starter, posting one of the best seasons in school history … Made 16 starts, with a 9-2 record and a 2.74 ERA … Won the 2012 ABCA Rawlings Gold Glove Award, given to the NCAA’s top defensive pitcher, the second UK player all-time to win the honor … Was named second-team All-SEC and a semifinalist for the College Baseball Hall of Fame NCAA Pitcher of the Year Award … Tossed team highs in innings pitched (98.2), wins, strikeouts (87) and ERA … Allowed 104 hits and 30 earned runs, walking 25 and allowing a .286 opponent average … Won the fourth-most games in UK single-season history … Was just the fourth nine-or-more game winner in program history … Just UK’s second player to win nine-or-more-game since 1987 … Had the eighth-best ERA in UK history … UK was 13-3 in his starts … With a 15-8 career record, has the ninth-best winning percentage (.612) in career annals … Tossed 10 quality starts, with a 9-1 record and a 1.48 ERA in his quality starts, tossing 67 innings, allowing 61 hits and 15 walks, striking out 57 … Was just the eighth player in UK history to earn All-SEC pitching honors and the third player since 1997 … For six consecutive weeks to open SEC play, won the series finale for UK, with five of his six starts going as rubber matches and the other as a sweep of the two-time defending NCAA Champion, No. 2 South Carolina … Went 4-0 with a 2.92 ERA in that six-start stretch to open league play in the highest of pressure situations … Ranked seventh in the SEC in ERA, sixth in innings pitched, sixth in strikeouts, third in wins and first in runners picked off (seven) … In 10 SEC starts, went 6-1 with a 2.93 ERA in 61.1 innings, walking 15 and striking out 46 … In 11 starts against SEC foes, had a 6-2 record and a 2.94 ERA in 67.1 innings, walking 17 and striking out 52 … In six non-conference starts, went 3-1, 2.41 ERA in 37.1 innings, allowing 30 hits and 10 walks, striking out 41 … In eight starts at Cliff Hagan, went 4-0 with a 3.14 ERA, with 43 strikeouts in 48.2 innings … Was 4-1 with a 1.96 ERA in six starts on the road in 36.2 innings, walking eight and striking out 31 … Made 13 starts where UK won, with a 9-0 record and a 2.39 ERA in 83 innings, walking 20 and striking out 71 … Did not make a non-day-game start … Was 1-0, 2.77 ERA in February (two starts), 2-0, 1.61 ERA in March (four starts), 3-0, 2.90 ERA in April (five starts) and 2-2, 3.24 ERA in May (four starts) … Worked seven shutout, two-hit innings in his season debut at USC Upstate, allowing one walk with eight strikeouts … Allowed four runs in six innings vs. Buffalo in 2012 home debut … Worked six shutout innings vs. UIC, with sevn strikeouts and two hits allowed … Surrendered a run in five innings with eight strikeouts vs. Canisius … Worked 5.1 innings vs. No. 2 South Carolina to help UK clinch the sweep … In a rubber match at Tennessee, worked six shutout innings, allowing four hits in road SEC series opener … Tossed 7.2 innings with one run allowed in a rubber-match win at No. 18 Georgia … Went six innings and allowed two runs in a rubber-match win over No. 10 Ole Miss … Picked up fourth rubber-match win in a row with 6.1 innings at No. 9 Arkansas, allowing one run … Surrendered five runs in 5.2 innings vs. No. 1 LSU as UK won the series … Worked 5.1 innings and allowed one run at Vanderbilt … Worked a gem vs. No. 5 Florida to salvage a series, taking a shutout into the ninth inning before allowing a leadoff solo homer, with Trevor Gott closing it out to improve Litrell to 7-0 … Improved to 8-0 with 6.2 innings vs. Alabama, allowing one run … Had the worst start of 2012 at MSU, with UK needing to win to clinch the SEC regular-season title, allowing seven runs – five earned – in 4.1 innings, striking out six … Rebounded in the SEC Tournament vs. No. 21 MSU but suffered the hard-luck 2-1 loss with six innings and two runs allowed … With UK’s pitching staff destroyed due to a 21-inning NCAA Tournament opening game and facing host, No. 15 Purdue in an elimination game, worked into the eighth inning of a 6-3 UK win, allowing seven this and three runs, walking two and striking out seven.
Was dominating at times as a true freshman in a vital role on the pitching staff … Appeared in 16 games with 13 starts, posting a 6-6 record and a 6.95 ERA … Hurled 68.2 innings, allowing 29 walks and 51 strikeouts … In his five non-conference starts, had a 4-0 record and a 2.89 ERA, striking out 21 in 28 innings … Tossed four quality starts with six total starts that put UK in a position to win, posting a 5-0 record and a 2.68 ERA in those six starts, tossing 37 innings with 23 strikeouts … In his four quality starts, went 3-0 with a 2.13 ERA in 25.1 innings … Went 2-5 with a 8.45 ERA in nine games and eight starts vs. the SEC, tossing 38.1 innings in league play with 27 strikeouts … Went 4-1 with a 5.04 ERA in seven appearances and five starts vs. non-league foes, hurling 30.1 innings, with 24 strikeouts … Had a 6-2 record and a 4.94 ERA in nine starts at Cliff Hagan Stadium, tossing 51 innings … Went 0-4 with a 11.21 ERA in six games and four starts on the road … Was 6-0 with a 3.18 ERA in seven starts that UK won, tossing 39.2 innings, with 12 walks and 31 strikeouts … Was 0-6 with a 12.10 ERA in nine games and six starts that UK lost … Was 4-3 with a 7.16 ERA in 11 games and eight starts in day games … Was 2-3 with a 6.57 ERA in five night games, all starts … Went 3-0 with a 4.37 ERA in the month of March … Was 6-5 with a 6.06 ERA as a starter, striking out 45 in 65.1 innings … Went 0-1 with a 24.30 ERA in three games out of the bullpen, allowing 10 runs in 3.1 innings … Had a team-high four pickoffs … Came on in relief in UK’s season-opener at College of Charleston, tossing 2.1 innings, allowing five runs … Made first career start vs. Eastern Michigan in the home opener, carrying a no-hitter into the seventh inning, tossing 6.1 innings, allowing two hits and two runs … Next start vs. Eastern Kentucky on March 8, Littrell went seven innings, allowing three hits and one run … Tossed six innings with one run allowed vs. Cincinnati … As a tryout of sorts for the weekend rotation in place of a scuffling Jordan Cooper, tossed three shutout innings vs. Tennessee Tech on March 29, striking out three … Made first career SEC start a few days later on April 2, allowing two runs in six innings at the two-time defending NCAA Champions … Tossed a brilliant outing vs. No. 12 Arkansas on April 23, allowing one run in 5.2 innings of a 5-3 UK win, starting the game before a weather delay postponed the contest until Sunday, with Littrell returning to action … Started and won vs. Georgia on May 14, allowing four runs in six innings with six strikeouts … With UK’s scheduled starter, Cooper, stuck in the hotel room with food poisoning in the regular-season finale, Littrell was pushed into service at Florida on May 21, allowing eight runs in 3.1 innings of an eventual 19-3 loss.
Considered the top prospect in the state, winner of the Louisville Slugger Kentucky High School Player of the Year award, announced by the National High School Baseball Coaches Association … One of 48 state winners nationwide for the Louisville Slugger award, which was presented at the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory … As a senior, Littrell posted an 8-3 record and a 1.90 ERA on the mound, hurling seven complete games and striking out 101 in 77.1 innings, walking only 21 … At the plate as a senior, hit .333 (33-for-99) with one homer and 19 RBI, stealing 12-of-12 bases … Had a stretch of outstanding pitching performances in 12 days, beating the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 teams in the state with wins away from home against Lexington Christian Academy, Lexington Catholic and Eastern (Louisville) … As a junior posted an 8-2 record and a 0.14 ERA … Went 6-0 on the mound as a sophomore … Named first-team all-state as a junior and senior … Coached by Steven Tompkins … “Corey is a big reason we have been so successful these past few years,” Tompkins said. “His hard work and dedication to the sport of baseball is paying off. He will be a tremendous asset to the University of Kentucky and a great ambassador for their program. I know he will succeed at the next level.” … Led team to the district championship in 2008 and 2010, claiming a region runner-up finish in 2010 … Three-time all-district selection … Selected to the East-Coast Professional Showcase in Lakewood, Fla., playing for the Oakland Athletics team coached by Athletics scout Rich Sparks … Was a preseason 2010 Louisville Slugger High School All-American… Played basketball as a freshman … A four-year academic honor roll member.
Full name is Corey David Littrell … Son Jack Littrell and Kathy Perkins … Born March 21, 1992 in Louisville, Ky. … Father played baseball in the Dodgers and Expos organization, while grandfather played for the Cubs and the Philadelphia Athletics.
Had a breakout summer on the mound in the Cape Cod League, owning a 2.32 ERA and a 3-1 record in eight starts … Tossed 42.2 innings, allowing 10 walks and 37 hits, striking out 41 … At the plate, batted .176 (6-for-34) in 11 games, with two RBI and a 7-13 walk-strikeout ratio … In a July 12 win, worked seven shutout innings with four hits allowed and eight strikeouts … Worked five shutout innings with seven strikeouts in a win on July 5 … Allowed seven earned runs over his final six starts … Had the third-best ERA in the CCBL.
The first consensus first-team freshman All-America selection in program history … Was a semifinalist for the Jon Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award, given to the top two-way player in college baseball by the College Baseball Hall of Fame … Played in 55 games with 51 starts … Batted .300 (60-for-200) with nine doubles, four homers and 43 RBI at the plate … Was 5-3, 2.52 ERA on the mound in 16 games and five starts … Tossed 53.2 innings, allowing 54 hits and nine walks, striking out 51 … Ranked second on the club with 43 RBI and 11th in the SEC … Among UK’s all-time freshman record holders, ranked seventh in hits, 15th in average, 13th in runs and second in RBI … Hit .289 (26-for-90) in 26 SEC games, with three doubles, one homer and 12 RBI … Played in 29 games against SEC opponents, batting .324 (33-for-102) with three doubles, two homers and 15 RBI … Inherited 16 runners on the mound, allowing only four to score … Without his five-runs allowed vs. Louisville in his final non-conference start before the SEC Tourney, had a 1.76 ERA with a 5-2 record in 51 innings, allowing 45 hits and nine walks, striking out 47 … Batted .309 (34-for-110) with six doubles, three homers and 31 RBI in non-conference action … Batted .295 (31-for-105) in home games, with six doubles, three homers and 30 RBI … Hit .281 (18-for-64) in away games, with two doubles and six RBI … Pitched in five games in relief in SEC play, with a 1-0 record and a 3.38 ERA, striking out nine in eight innings … Appeared in 11 games with five starts in non-conference action, with a 4-3 record and a 2.36 ERA, tossing 45.2 innings with 42 strikeouts … Was 4-1 with a 3.51 ERA in eight appearances at home with four starts, striking out 25 in 25.2 innings … Was 0-1 with a 2.03 ERA on the road … Pitched in nine games that UK won, with a 5-0 record and a 1.36 ERA … In 10 day games, had a 5-1 record and a 1.66 ERA, allowing 40 hits and eight walks in 43.1 innings … Led UK in hitting in March, with a .400 average (30-for-75) … Was 4-1 with a 3.20 ERA in his five starts … Was 1-2 with a 1.91 ERA in relief, with 29 strikeouts, five walks and 25 hits allowed in 28.1 innings … Launched a homer in his first career at bat at Cliff Hagan Stadium … Hit .302 (42-for-116) with runner on base, .325 (13-for-40) with runners on and two outs and .299 (23-for-77) with runners in scoring position … Allowed eight of his 17 runs in the first three innings … Had a heroic outing in the NCAA Tournament opener vs. Kent State, a 21-inning marathon … Started the game and played the first nine innings of the game as the DH, before moving to first base for the 10-12th innings and then taking the mound to toss the final nine innings of the game … Allowed seven hits and two runs with eight strikeouts in his outing vs. the Flashes, accumulating nine at bats with a double … Had a chance to be the walk-off run in the bottom of the 19th inning, trying to score from first base on a Michael Williams double, cramping between third base and home and getting thrown out as the walk-off run … Collected 18 multi-hit games and 11 multi-RBI games … Made collegiate pitching debut by coming into a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the season opener at Wofford, getting a strikeout and an out to get out of the jam … Made first career start vs. Morehead State, tossing six innings with one run allowed … Worked five innings with two runs and seven strikeouts in a start vs. Marshall … Third start came with one run and six strikeouts in six innings vs. Wright State … Made SEC debut in a winning effort with two shutout innings vs. No. 2 South Carolina on Saturday … Worked 1.2 innings with one earned run allowed at Tennessee, his road SEC debut … Allowed a run on four hits at No. 18 Georgia … Worked a shutout inning vs. Dayton … Worked 2.1 innings with one run allowed with two strikeouts vs. No. 10 Ole Miss … Suffered first career loss vs. No. 19 Louisville, allowing nine hits and five runs in 2.2 innings … Rebounded with 1.1 shutout innings at No. 20 Louisville … Got two outs vs. No. 5 Florida … Came on in relief at Indiana, with 5.1 innings without allowing an earned run in relief of midweek starter Chandler Shepherd … Worked three innings with one run allowed at Murray State … Made SEC starting debut vs. Ole Miss as the winner of the opener of the SEC Tournament, with 5.2 shutout innings, allowing five hits and one walk, striking out three, also going 4-for-4 at the plate with a solo homer off Bobby Wahl … Drew a walk and hung a sacrifice fly in the opener vs. Wofford … Had two hits and three RBI vs. Eastern Michigan … Launched a grand slam in his first home at bat, going for a career-high six RBI … Had three-RBI games vs. UIC, Canisius and Wright State … Had a three-hit game vs. Wright State … Ran up a season-long 16-game hitting streak (March 9-April 1), the longest for a UK player in 2012 … Had a 3-for-4 game with two RBI and a homer vs. No. 10 Ole Miss … Launched homers vs. Buffalo, Wright State, No. 10 Ole Miss and Ole Miss in the SEC Tourney.
Star two-way player for coach Kyle Kraemer at Terre Haute South High School … The 2011 Indiana High School Player of the Year … Named the MVP of the Indiana North/South All-Star series … A two-time first-team all-state honoree and a three-time all-conference performer … Finished his career with a .425 average, owning 159 hits, 110 runs, 31 doubles, 41 homers and 150 RBI … On the mound in his career, totaling a 26-10 record with a 1.88 ERA, striking out 390 with 70 walks in 260 innings … As a senior in 2011, totaled a .585 average with 48 hits, 45 runs, 10 doubles, 16 homers and 48 RBI, charting a 8-1 record with a 1.06 ERA on the mound, fanning 109 in 66 innings with 11 walks … Set single-season records for homers (18), RBI (57), walks (47), average (.585), slugging (1.294) and career school records for games started (41), innings pitched (260), complete games (25) and strikeouts (390) …In 2010, batted .478 with 43 hits, 30 runs, 10 doubles, 18 homers and 57 RBI, posting a 7-2 record and a 2.27 ERA with 98 strikeouts and 21 walks in 58.2 innings … In 2009 , batted .343 with 34 hits, eight doubles, two homers and 18 RBI, charting a 6-3 record and a 1.15 ERA with 115 strikeouts and nine walks in 73 innings … As a freshman in 2008, posted a .330 average with five homers and 27 RBI, with a 5-4 record and a 3.26 ERA, striking out 69 in 62.1 innings … Led Terre Haute to the state final four as a senior.
Full name is Andrew Joseph Reed … Son of Debbie Reed … Has two older sisters, Carrie (32) and Leslie (33).