Shortstop Austin Nola announced Friday that he will return to LSU for his senior year and apparently team with his brother, former Catholic High pitcher, Aaron Nola.
Both Nolas are from Baton Rouge and were drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in last month’s Major League Baseball Draft. Austin was chosen in the 31st round, and Aaron was a 22nd-round pick.
“Coming back for my senior year is just a great opportunity that I couldn’t pass up,” Austin said in a release from LSU. “I’ve grown up following LSU and having the chance to play baseball and go to school here has been an incredible experience. You enter college with the idea that it’s a four-year commitment, and I want to earn my degree and help us get back to Omaha (for the College World Series).”
Austin, who also played at Catholic High, is a three-year starter and helped lead LSU to the 2009 College World Series title. He has played in 169 games for the Tigers and was voted second-team all-SEC in 2010.
“Austin Nola epitomizes all that a student-athlete should ?be,” LSU coach Paul Mainieri said. “We are thrilled that he’s decided to return for his senior season because he’s a young man of great character that makes our? team and our entire program stronger.”
Austin was named the MVP of the 2010 SEC Tournament, and he was voted to the 2011 SEC Community Service Team.
LSU said Aaron, who will join the Tigers in August as a freshman pitcher, has already announced that he will enroll in school instead of signing a pro contract, citing an Internet report.