LSU's Aaron Nola
LSU's Aaron Nola
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Nola a National Pitcher of the Year Finalist
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Published: June 15, 2013, 02:03 PM (CT)
by Bill Franques, Sr. Associate SID

LUBBOCK, Texas — The National College Baseball Hall of Fame’s National Pitcher of the Year Award list has been narrowed to three. The 2013 finalists are David Berg of UCLA, Jonathan Gray of Oklahoma and Aaron Nola of LSU.

Nola, a sophomore from Baton Rouge, is fresh off a dominating two-hitter against Oklahoma in the Super Regional, which raised his record to 12-0 and lowered his ERA to 1.68. The Tigers are 15-1 in his starts.

College World Series Central

Berg enters the College World Series as the NCAA Division I leader with a miniscule 0.88 ERA. His 7-0 record and 21 saves in 46 appearances earned him Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year hon¬ors and have placed him among the list of finalists for the NCBWA Stopper of the Year award.

Gray, a junior from Chandler, Oklahoma, was the 3rd overall pick by the Colorado Rockies in last week’s MLB First-Year Player Draft. He finished the season ranked 2nd in strikeouts with 147. He was a semifinalist for both the Dick Howser Trophy and Golden Spikes Award.

The winner of the National Pitcher of the Year Award will be named on June 29 in Lubbock, Texas, as part of the College Baseball Night of Champions.

The event also features the an¬nouncement of winners of the John Olerud Award and Brooks Wallace Award. The Johnny Bench Award and Dick Howser Trophy are also presented, as well as the 2013 National College Baseball Hall of Fame inductions.


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