Ole Miss’ junior outfielder Auston Bousfield has been named the 2014 recipient of the C Spire Ferriss Trophy presented by the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.
The Ferriss Trophy, named for former Delta State head coach “Boo” Ferriss, is given each year to the top college baseball player in the state of Mississippi.
Ferriss is a member of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, the Delta State Hall of Fame and the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame.
Bousfield joins prior Ole Miss winners Stephen Head (2004), Brian Pettway (2005), Scott Bittle (2008) and Drew Pomeranz (2010) and is the fifth Rebel to receive the award.
Bousfield finished the regular season as the SEC leader in hits (83). He also ranked among the best in the league in batting average (.353), total bases (117), runs scored (47), RBI (45), stolen bases (16), slugging percentage (.498) and doubles (15).
Bousfield was instrumental in the Rebels’ sweep of No. 17 Kentucky on the road. He batted .714 for the weekend, with eight runs scored and seven RBI. He was named SEC Player of the Week and national Hitter of the Week by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
Bousfield is also a force to be reckoned with defensively. He committed only one error from his centerfield position this season, that in the final game against A&M.
Over his three-year career, Bousfield is fielding at a phenomenal .995 rate. He is also a semifinalist for the Gregg Olson Award which honors the breakout player of the year in college baseball.
Past winners of the Ferriss Trophy
2004 Stephen Head, Ole Miss
2005 Brian Pettway, Ole Miss
2006 Thomas Berkery, Mississippi State
2007 Ed Easley, Mississippi State
2008 Scott Bittle, Ole Miss
2009 Craig Westcott, Belhaven
2010 Drew Pomeranz, Ole Miss
2011 Tyler Koelling, Southern Miss
2012 Chris Stratton, Mississippi State
2013 Hunter Renfroe, Mississippi State