The Kentucky Wildcats baseball team held their media day on Monday afternoon as they prepare to start their season on Friday in Wilmington, N.C., against the Virginia Cavaliers.
“The things that kids bring, there is a little bit of knowledge that they bring, there is no question about that,” UK coach Gary Henderson said about how Austin Cousino’s Team USA experience can help the team. “And typically you see things. They typically tend to be relatively similar over time. That is the kid comes back from the freshman year of summer baseball much, much more mature. Understanding that when he’s at Kentucky, he is at a special league and a special place and we are a part of a great university. They know that when they are a freshman but I don’t think they know and believe it until they go out and they play with guys that are from different conferences, or different schools, or guys that don’t have nearly the resources or experiences that we do. In terms of Austin specially, the knowledge piece that he brings, it is good, it is great. But I am much more concerned about the leadership, the willingness to lead, the presence, the ability to handle short-term failure. I think those are things that you learn in those types of environments. He has done a great job of that, a very good job.”
Cousino took some time to address how playing in a draft year can affect the juniors on the team.
“I just look back on my freshman year and look at what that junior class did and you look out how successful they were as a team and what they did as a team,” the junior said. “I think it speaks for itself. You look at A.J. (Reed), Chandler (Shepherd), me and Max (Kuhn), what we have to do, I think, we need to come together as a team and that’s been the focus from day. We get the freshmen involved and the sophomores to grow and if we do that we will be a good team. At the end of the day you want to host the regional, that something we didn’t do last year and if we do those the individual goals will take care of itself.”
Full coverage can be found at UKAthletics.com.
Meanwhile, the baseball team also added another 5 games to the television schedule. They will air on the UK IMG Network with Dick Gabriel handling the play-by-play duties. Doug Flynn will provide the color commentary while WKYT sports anchor Brian Milam handles the sideline reporting.
The five games include the home game against Louisville, the Saturday/Sunday games against Missouri, and the Saturday/Sunday games against Auburn.