JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - Auston Bousfield was a big factor in helping the Ole Miss Rebels claim the Southeastern Conference West Division title. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound junior from Oakland, Florida belted five home runs and had 45 RBIs.
On Monday afternoon Bousfield was named the C Spire Ferriss Trophy winner.
Bousfield said, "Just to be up there with those four guys was really an honor so I feel so blessed right now to have won it."
He led the Southeastern Conference in hits, he was third in the conference with a .353 batting average, sixth in runs scored with 47, his 117 total bases was fourth in the SEC. Bousfield stole 16 of 17 bases and has committed only one error over the past two seasons.
Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco says Bousfield is a complete player. "He's certainly one of the guys who makes us go. He's a guy who will bunt, hit and run. He'll do whatever it takes to win the game and again it would be hard to imagine that we would be where we are as a team this year without Auston."
Mississippi State pitchers Ross Mitchell and Jacob Lindgren, the former St. Stanislaus standout were among the finalists along with Ole Miss pitcher Chris Ellis and Belhaven first baseman/pitcher Tyler Atkins.
Bousfield and his Ole Miss teammates open the SEC Tournament Wednesday at 12:30 in Hoover, Alabama facing Tuesday's winner between Arkansas and Texas A&M.
Mississippi State faces a must win in the first round of the SEC Tournament 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, a date with the Georgia Bulldogs.
LSU received a first-round bye and open play in the SEC Tournament 9:30 a.m. Wednesday waiting for Tuesday's winner between Vanderbilt and Tennessee.