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, a junior right-hander from Baton Rouge,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.

Northwestern State’s Walker honored

Justin Walker, a former Northshore High standout now competing for Northwestern State, was selected the Greater New Orleans Amateur Athlete of the Month for May.

A sprinter, Walker is competing at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon. The monthly award winners are chosen in voting by the Greater New Orleans Sports Award Selection Committee, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

Walker was voted the Southland Conference Male Track and Field Athlete of the Year along with the running events athlete of the year. He was named the National Athlete of the Week by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association for his performance at the Southland Outdoors, where he ran the world’s fastest 100-meter dash of the year, 9.95, in one of his three winning efforts. He also broke his own school record with a 20.47 in taking the 200..

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