Nola, Trahan among finalists for awards

LUBBOCK, Texas — Aaron Nola of LSU, Blake Fox of Rice and Brendan McCurry of Oklahoma State are finalists for The National College Baseball Hall of Fame’s National Pitcher of the Year Award, while Louisiana-Lafayette sophomore Blake Trahan is among three finalists for the organization’s Brooks Wallace Award, along with Vince Conde of Vanderbilt and Trea Turner of North Carolina.

The Brooks Wallace Award recognizes the nation’s top shortstop.

The awards will be presented during the National College Baseball Hall of Fame’s annual Night of Champions on June 28 in Lubbock, Texas.

Nola was named Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Year for the second year and finished his season with a 1.47 ERA. In his past two seasons, Nola had a 23-2 record with 256 strikeouts.

The National Pitcher of the Year Award is the third major college baseball honor for which Nola is a finalist. He is also a finalist of the Golden Spikes Award and for the Dick Howser Trophy.

Trahan, a native of Kinder, batted .355 with four home runs, 49 RBIs and 45 runs scored. He was named Most Outstanding Player at the Sun Belt Conference tournament and will play for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team this summer.

Charm, Heat set to square off

The Baton Rouge Charm and New Orleans Heat will square off at 7 p.m. Saturday in Women’s Professional Indoor Soccer League action.

The game will be held at Playmakers North in Madisonville.

Riverboat Bandits holding workouts

The Baton Rouge Riverboat Bandits minor league football team is looking for ex-high school and college football players who are interested in playing full-contact, adult football (18-years-old) this season.

Workouts are Tuesdays and Thursdays a 6 p.m. at Kenilworth Middle School football field. There is no cost to play or try out.

Coaches are also needed for the upcoming season.

For more information, call (225) 938-8183 or (504) 994-6655.

SLU, McNeese St. FB ranked by publication

HAMMOND — The Southeastern Louisiana football team is ranked No. 3 and McNeese State No. 9 in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) national preseason polls by Athlon Sports, which were released Friday.

Southeastern defensive back Harlan Miller and kick returner Xavier Roberson were named to the Athlon Sports FCS All-America team.

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