May 22, 2006
(San Francisco, CA) - Junior left-handed pitcher/outfielder Scott Cousins has been named one of 30 semi-finalists for the Brooks Wallace Award, given annually to collegiate baseball's top player, as announced by the College Baseball Foundation.
After recovering from an arm injury that prevented him from pitching the first month of the season, Cousins has not disappointed on the mound in 2006. As the Dons' Friday starter, the Reno, NV native has a 4-2 record with a 3.03 ERA and a 53/16 strikeout/walk ratio. Cousins has thrown 74.1 innings in his 12 appearances with 10 starts. In one impressive stretch, Cousins won three consecutive games (at Oral Roberts 3/25; at Santa Clara 4/1; and at Pepperdine 4/7) including a complete game at SCU.
In three of his starts this season Cousins has gone the full nine, earning the win at SCU (9IP, 8H, 2R, 1BB, 7K) and his first complete game shutout at home versus No. 24 San Diego on April 28 (9IP, 6H, 0R, 2BB, 7K). He also earned a no decision after nine innings in his last start versus Loyola Marymount (5/12), allowing four runs on six hits and struck out eight Lions. USF would win the game 5-4 in the bottom of the 11th.
Cousins posted a sparkling 3-2 record with a 2.25 ERA during West Coast Conference play, highlighted by a strong outing 6-3 victory at No. 22 Pepperdine (4/7). Cousins went 8.0 innings, allowing three runs (one earned) off seven hits and struck out six Waves.
For his career on the mound, the left-hander is 12-7, tied for 10th in the USF record book for wins. Cousins currently ranks fifth in career ERA with a 2.74 and has 134 strikeouts and five complete games.
At the plate, the junior has been magnificent, leading the team with 49 runs, 21 stolen bases and shares the team lead with 24 multi-hit games. Cousins ranks second in batting at .352, hits (75), RBI (44), walks (28), and multi-RBI games (14). For his career, Cousins is batting .317 with 20 doubles, three triples, 14 homeruns, 91 RBI, 102 runs scored 60 walks, and 38 stolen bases.
A highly decorated player, Cousins captured WCC Player of the Month honors for April, batting .366 with three doubles, four home runs and 18 RBI in 18 games and ended the month on a seven-game hitting streak. He was dazzling on the mound, posting a 3-2 record in five starts with a miniscule 1.56 ERA in 40.1 innings.
His first weekly honor came for the week of March 13 after batting .500 (8-for-16) with a triple, a homerun and seven RBI. Honor number two came for the week of April 24 when he threw his complete game shutout over San Diego and batted .643 (9-for-14) with two homeruns and six RBI. His third and final selection of 2006 was for the week of May 8 after he led the Dons to their first ever West Coast Conference title with another dominating performance in a sweep of Loyola Marymount. Cousins hit .529 (9-17) with four doubles, a home run and six RBI and tossed nine innings, earning a no decision over LMU.
The annual award banquet will be held on Monday, July 3rd at 7 p.m. and hosted at the United Spirit Arena on the campus of Texas Tech University and will be nationally televised on Fox Sports Network, and its award-winning family of regional affiliate networks, as well as Fox College Sports.
The selection committee will slash the list to three finalists following the NCAA Super Regionals and make that announcement in Omaha on Thursday, June 15, 2006. The finalists, their head coaches and parents will be invited to Lubbock, where they will participate in a two-day celebration of college baseball on July 3-4, which will feature the theme -The Past Meets Present. The Wallace Trophy and winners will become part of the permanent display in the new College Baseball Hall of Fame in Lubbock. The three finalists will also meet the Inaugural 2006 College Baseball Hall of Fame Class who will be recognized during the ceremony and enshrined during the Official Induction Ceremonies the following afternoon on Tuesday, July 4th.