LSU Shortstop Austin Nola Receives All-America Recognition
LSU senior shortstop Austin Nola was named Monday to the Perfect Game second-team All-America squad, and he received second-team All-America recognition from Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award.
Nola, a four-year starter at shortstop for the Tigers, batted .299 (66-for-221) this season with 16 doubles, one triple, four homers and 43 RBI. One of the nation’s top defensive players, he committed only five errors in 246 chances.
The Baton Rouge native started in 219 games during his stellar LSU career, and he was selected in the fifth round of the MLB Draft earlier this month by the Miami Marlins.
Nola, who received his LSU degree last month in sports administration, was a two-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, and he was twice named to the SEC Community Service Team.
He was a finalist for the 2012 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, which is presented annually to the senior baseball player who excels in four areas – community, classroom, character and competition.
Nola was joined on the 2012 Perfect Game All-America squad by two of his LSU teammates – outfielder Raph Rhymes and pitcher Kevin Gausman, each of whom was named to the first team.
Rhymes and Gausman have also been named first-team all-Americans this month by Collegiate Baseball newspaper and by the American Baseball Coaches Association.