LSU's Nola selected seventh overall by Phillies in MLB Draft

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSU pitching ace Aaron Nola was selected seventh overall by the Philadelphia Phillies in the first round of the 2014 MLB Draft on Thursday.

The junior right-hander had a 30-6 career record in his three seasons with the Tigers, averaging 10.4 strikeouts per nine innings.

In 2014, Nola was 11-1 with a 1.47 ERA and ranked second in the nation in strikeouts with 134. He also led the SEC in innings pitched (116.1) and opponent batting average (.172).

Nola was named SEC Pitcher of the Year two years in a row and was also named a First Team All-American twice. Nola is 3rd in LSU's history for strikeouts.

Nola was named one of three finalists for the 2014 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award and one of the five finalists for the 2014 Dick Howser Trophy.

His older brother Austin Nola, a shortstop for the Tigers in 2012, signed with the Miami Marlins after his senior year and is currently playing with the Jacksonville Suns.

Both Austin and Aaron Nola, who was a signee from Catholic High at the time, were drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2011 draft, but opted to play a year together at LSU.

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