June 6, 2006
(San Francisco) - Junior LHP/OF Scott Cousins turned in one of the finest seasons in USF baseball history in 2006 and it did not go unnoticed as the Florida Marlins selected the 2006 West Coast Conference Player of the Year with the 95th pick in the third round today. Cousins played a key role in propelling the Dons to the first NCAA Regional berth, first WCC Championship and the best record in program history (39).
A two-way player, Cousins led the team with a .343 batting average to go along with seven home runs and 46 RBI and was equally effective on the mound serving as the Dons Friday starter. In three years on the Hilltop, the 2006 College Baseball Foundation All-American hit .319 (169x529) with 20 doubles, three triples, 15 home runs and 93 RBI and nearly equaled or surpassed his stat totals from his first two season with a breakthrough junior campaign. On the mound the two-time All-WCC First Team selection posted a 12-8 record with a 3.21 ERA (68 ER) and struck out 142 in 190.2 innings.
After not pitching for the first month of the season, Cousins made a welcome return to the rotation and notched a 4-3 record with a 4.02 ERA in 12 starts, allowing 46 runs (39 earned) off 92 hits while posting a strikeout/walk ratio of 61/21. Cousins saved his best outings for WCC play, posting a 3-2 record with a stingy 2.25 ERA in seven starts and recorded a pair of complete game victories - at Santa Clara and a 5-0 shutout of No. 25 San Diego. In 56.0 innings against league opponents, Cousins struck out 42, allowed just nine walks and opponents hit .236 against him.
"It's a dream come true," Cousins said. "It's everything I've ever worked for in baseball and it's all because of Coach G and the rest of the baseball staff. My time at USF has been the greatest experience of my life as far as developing as a player and as a person. Now I am ready to pursue my career as a professional baseball player."
USF head coach Nino Giarratano believes the sky is the limit for Cousins, who ranks in the top-10 in USF career wins and ERA.
"I'm extremely proud of Scott and what he has been able to accomplish at the University of San Francisco. He's going to be a wonderful professional for the Florida Marlins organization. He will be an outstanding player in the very near future. It's a great story to see a man like Scott Cousins excel academically and athletically at the University of San Francisco."
Cousins is the highest drafted Don since Jesse Foppert went in the second round to the San Francisco Giants and three-time All-American Taggert Bozied went in the third round to the San Diego Padres in the 2001 Major League Draft. Last season, RHP Nick Pereira was chosen in the 10th round - also by the Giants.