May 3, 2006
(San Francisco) - After another dominating month on the mound and at the plate, USF junior LHP/OFScott Cousins earned West Coast Conference Player of the Month honors for April as announced by the league office today. The junior posted another outstanding month for the Dons lifting the team into a share of second place heading into the final two league series. One of the premier two-way players in the nation, Cousins batted at a .366 clip with three doubles, four home runs and 18 RBI in 18 games and ended the month on a seven-game hitting streak. The Reno native was just as dazzling on the mound, posting a 3-2 record in five starts with a miniscule 1.56 ERA in 40.1 innings. Cousins hurled a pair of complete games starting the month with a 6-2 win at Santa Clara (4/1) and capped the month with a dominant 4-0 shutout of No. 24 San Diego.
Cousins, a co-WCC Player of the Month for March 2005 finished a strong month at the plate on an absolute tear, tallying at least two hits (11 total) to go along with a double, two home runs and eight RBI in his last five games. The 2005 WCC First Team selection put an exclamation point on the 2006 Dante Benedetti Classic with a monster home run that bounced on the boardwalk lining McCovey Cove on a 3-for-4 day with two RBI helping the Dons to a big win against Cal (4/25). In 16 games, Cousins hit .442 (19-43) against right-handers, .444 (20-45) with runners on base and .480 (12-25 with seven RBI) with two outs to go along with seven stolen bases, eight walks (one intentional) and two outfield assists.
USF's Friday starter collected perhaps the biggest win of his career at No 22 Pepperdine (4/7) tossing eight strong innings, allowing three runs (one earned) off seven hits and struck out six Waves. For the month opposing batters hit .231 overall, a microscopic .172 with runners on base, left-handers hit at a .116 clip and Cousins posted a strikeout/walk ratio of 29/5.
With his complete game shutout against the Toreros, Cousins moved into a share of 10th place on the USF career wins record with 12 and has now gone the distance six times in 23 career starts. His second strikeout at Gonzaga (4/21) gave him 100 career punch outs.
Click on link at the top of the page for Cousins' career batting/piching statistics and batting/pitcing stats for April.