By: Darby Radcliff
Auston Bousfield is a current freshman at Ole Miss who is a talented player on the Ole Miss baseball team. The Oakland, Florida native serves on the baseball team as an outfielder and currently has an undecided major, but is interested in possibly majoring in journalism.
Bousfield first started playing baseball at a young age, probably around 5 or 6 years-old. In High School, Bousfield lettered four years under head coach Jesse Marlo at West Orange High School. At West Orange, he also helped lead his team to four consecutive District Championships, and was named Team MVP as a senior in 2011.
Bousfield was also named a first team All-Metro selection in Central Florida and a First Team All-Region selection by Rawlings in the state of Florida.
The successful athlete also hit .474 with five home runs and 37 RBI as a senior. He also tallied 12 doubles, four triples and scored 27 runs. Also for his career, he hit .392 with seven home runs and 91 RBI, and also turned in 27 career doubles, 11 triples, and scored 84 runs.
Some great baseball moments for Bousfield personally were winning the district championship 4 years in a row because this was the first time its ever been done at his school.
Bousfield chose to come to Ole Miss and play on the baseball team because of the stadium and the baseball facilities, as well as how nice the coaches were. Also, he thinks the city of Oxford, Mississippi is great and that everyone is friendly.
Bousfield has also enjoyed the game days and playing in front of 10,000 people during SEC weekends.
Some triumphs for Bousfield have been the championships that he won in High School, as well as the tournaments that his summer team won. Also, committing and signing his letter of intent to Ole Miss was a triumph for the athlete as well.
The athlete claims that baseball is obviously full of failures, so you have to learn to deal with failing quite a bit in this sport.
He also says that the toughest thing when you are a college athlete is just learning how to manage your time with baseball and school work, and just being able to keep it all balanced.
So, Bousfield's advice would be to just work hard and do everything you can to make yourself and your team better and things will fall into place. He states that "the harder you work, the luckier you get."