Posted: Jun 27, 2014 5:09 PM by Caroline McDougall, Russell Jones
Updated: Jun 27, 2014 5:33 PM
BATON ROUGE - The College Baseball Foundation named LSU all-star pitcher Aaron Nola their 2014 National Pitcher of the Year on Friday.
The Baton Rouge native is cresting his third year for the Fighting Tigers and will be the sixth athlete to ever receive the award in school history.
Nola's former coach, Paul Mainieri, said he couldn't think of anyone more deserving of the prestige.
"It's been such a privilege to coach Aaron Nola, who is truly deserving of this prestigious honor," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "He is as fine of a pitcher as I've coached in my 32 years in this profession."
The Philadelphia Phillies drafted Nola in the first round of the 2014 MLB Draft, and he began his pro career this week with the Phillies' Class A affiliate in Clearwater, Fla. As practice for the pro ball season gets closer, Nola says he has all the LSU Tiger fans to thank for his achievements.
"It has been such an unbelievable experience, and I couldn't imagine going to any other school," Nola said. "I'm so glad I came to college to be a part of this program. My teammates have been so good to me, and it has been a blessing to be at LSU."
The foundation will present the award to Nola Saturday night at the annual "Night of Champions" in Lubbock, Texas.