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James Cosentino

Position IF
Height 5'10"
Weight 185 lbs.
Class R-Senior
Hometown Leawood, Kan.
High School St. Thomas Aquinas


  • 2018 All-Big 12 Honorable Mention
  • 2017 All-Big 12 Second Team
  • 2017 Big 12 All-Freshman Team
  • 2017 Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American
  • 2017 Big 12 Newcomer of the Week (4/17 & 5/8)
  • Finished career second all-time in games played at Kansas with 242

2021 (R-SENIOR)

  • Appeared in 53 games with 51 starts at second base
  • Hit .199 (33-for-166) with five doubles, one triple and six home runs
  • Led KU with six home runs in 2021 – vs. South Dakota State (2/19), at Oklahoma (4/10), vs. Air Force (4/14), vs. Baylor (4/17), 2 vs. North Dakota State (5/1)
  • 19-game reached base streak was the second longest streak of the 2021 season
  • Recorded seven multiple-hit games and four multiple-RBI games
  • Logged a season-high three RBI against North Dakota State (5/1)


  • Started all 17 games at second base, finishing with a .179 average (12-for-67)
  • Finished tied for the team lead with two home runs, recording his home runs in back-to-back games at Belmont (2/15-16)
  • Two multiple-hit games at Belmont (2/15) and vs. Michigan State (2/28)
  • Tallied a season-high three RBI performance at Belmont (F2/16)

2020 (SENIOR) 

  • Made season debut as the starting second baseman on Opening Day at Belmont (2/14)
  • Hit a home run in back-to-back games against the Bruins (2/15-16)
  • Drove in three runs at Belmont (2/16) for his first multi-RBI game of the season

2019 (JUNIOR)

  • Started in all 58 games he played in
  • Batted .235 (50-for-213) with 10 doubles, three triples, four home runs and 27 walks
  • Opening Day starter at second base for third-straight season (2/15)
  • Blasted a solo bomb at USC Upstate (2/18), the 12th of his career
  • Career-high four RBIs vs. Texas Southern (2/23)
  • Led the team in hit by pitch with 22
  • Nabbed a season-high two stolen bases at West Virginia (4/20)
  • Tied for second-best on the team with three triples


  • Started 56 of 56 games he played in
  • Batted .269 (56-for-208) with nine doubles, four triples, seven home runs and 24 RBIs
  • Led the team in triples (7)
  • Started second-consecutive opening day at second base against Murray State (2/16)
  • Hit fifth home run of career against the Racers (2/17), a three-run shot, to match his personal-best in RBIs (3)
  • Connected for his first-career triple against Texas Southern (3/3)
  • Tallied a season-best three hits, including a home run, at then-No. 4 Florida State (3/5)
  • Hit another home run at Texas (3/16)
  • Tied career-high three runs scored against then-No. 5 Texas Tech (4/8)
  • Tallied four hits to tie career best at Creighton (4/11)
  • Hit walk-off home run in bottom of 10th inning against Oklahoma (5/17)
  • Matched career bests in runs (3) and RBIs (3) against Western Illinois (5/20)


  • Named All-Big 12 Second Team and All-Freshman Team
  • 2017 Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American
  • Started in all 58 games played
  • Batted .271 (58-of-214) with 11 doubles and four home runs
  • Drove in 31 RBIs
  • Second-best slugging percentage on the team (.379)
  • Eight-game hitting streak (5/5) against Texas Southern until (5/18) against Texas Tech
  • Blasted a three-run home run for his first-career hit at The Citadel (2/17)
  • Hit first-career double against Northwestern State (3/3)
  • Notched two bunt singles at Oral Roberts (3/15)
  • One of three players to start every single game
  • Three hits against West Virginia (4/7)
  • Career-high three walks against Oklahoma State (4/15)
  • Big 12 Co-Newcomer of the Week (4/17)
  • Three hits and two runs scored at then-No. 19 Oklahoma (4/23)
  • Set a new career high of four hits at Grand Canyon (4/26) where he finished the game a perfect 4-for-4 with a walk
  • Hit second-career home run against Baylor (4/30)
  • Hit two home runs in back-to-back days against Texas Southern (5/5 & 5/6)
  • Scored a personal-best three runs (5/5) and swiped two bases (5/6) against the Tigers
  • Named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week for a second time (5/8)


  • Helped St. Thomas Aquinas High School to a 75-19 record over his four seasons
  • Played for head coach Lorne Parks and helped the Saints to two Kansas Class 5A state titles
  • Slated second in the St. Thomas Aquinas baseball record book for RBI with 67 over his career
  • Ranked fourth for runs scored, crossing the plate 61 times
  • Notched four triples in 2016
  • Earned First Team All-Eastern Kansas League honors as a freshman with a .339 batting average
  • Helped the Saints win a state championship as a sophomore and garnered Second Team All-State honors, along with a First Team All-EKL selection
  • Only played in four contests as a junior due to injury
  • Also was a standout football player holding the school single-season rushing record of 1,298 yards and single-game record of 261 yards


  • Born in Leawood, Kansas
  • Son of John and Julie Cosentino
  • Has two siblings, John and Danten
  • Father, John, brother, Danten and uncle, Mike, all played football at Missouri State
  • Majoring in liberal arts and sciences