LSU's Nola named a Golden Spikes Award Finalist - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

LSU's Nola named a Golden Spikes Award Finalist


LSU pitching ace Aaron Nola was named one of three finalists for the 2014 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award.

Oregon State outfielder Michael Conforto and Kentucky's two-way star A.J. Reed join Nola on the list.

Nola ranks second in the nation in strikeouts with 134 and led the SEC in innings pitched (116.1) and opponent batting average (.172) while collecting a 1.47 ERA and 11 wins this season. Nola was named First Team All-American and SEC Pitcher of the Year by league coaches.

Reed tallied 12 wins and compiled a 2.09 ERA while striking out 71 batters throughout the season as Kentucky's Friday night starter. At the plate, he led the nation in home runs, clubbing 23 while hitting .336 with 73 RBIs. Reed was also named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year, Collegiate Baseball magazine's National Player of the Year for 2014 and First Team All-American.

Conforto lead the PAC-12 in a slew of categories, including slugging percentage (.547), on-base percentage (.504), and runs scored (52), and he finished fifth in the conference in batting average with a .345 mark. He also led the conference in walks with 55, which ranks second in the country.

This year, the award will be presented to the nation's top amateur baseball player for the 37th consecutive season.

Fans will once again be able to vote for the 2014 award by visiting and selecting their favorite finalist. Voting for fans and the voting body ends at 5 p.m. ET on Friday, June 13.

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