Auston Bousfield, a junior outfielder from Ole Miss who led the Southeastern Conference in hits this season, has won the C Spire Ferriss Trophy as the most outstanding college baseball player in Mississippi for 2014.
Bousfield finished third in the conference in batting average (.353), sixth in runs scored (47) and fourth in total bases (117). He stole 16 of 17 bases and made only one error over the past two seasons.
Bousfield won over four other Ferriss finalists, including pitcher-first baseman Tyler Akins of Belhaven, Ole Miss pitcher Chris Ellis and the Mississippi State pitching duo of Jacob Lindgren and Ross Mitchell.
Preliminary voting was done by a panel of 24 experts, including Major League scouts and college coaches. They selected the five finalists. The same panel then voted again, accounting for 90 percent of the final vote. Ten percent of the final vote came from fan voting conducted by C Spire. Mitchell fåinished first in the fan voting.
Bousfield led Ole Miss to a 40-16 regular season record and first place in the SEC’s Western Division in what was a banner regular season for Magnolia State teams. State finished in second place in the SEC West, a game behind the Rebels. Belhaven won 42 games and hosted an NAIA Regional. Delta State, nationally ranked all season, won the Gulf South Conference regular season title. Southern Miss finished third in Conference USA.
Akins led his team in hitting and led the nation in saves with 17. Ellis had a perfect 9-0 record as Ole Miss’ Friday night starter. Lindgren struck out nearly two batters an inning out of the bullpen for State. And Mitchell was 8-4 with a 1.85 earned run average.
Last year’s Ferriss winner, Hunter Renfroe of Mississippi State, is now hitting his home runs and stealing bases in the San Diego Padres organization.
The C Spire Ferriss Trophy is named for Mississippi baseball legend Boo Ferriss, a former Mississippi State player, Delta State coach and Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer.