Playing for a team that is, at times, offensively challenged, Austin Nola wears plenty of hats for No. 1-ranked LSU.
His versatility and value to the Tigers was magnified this weekend in NCAA Regional play and Nola didn’t flinch.
The senior shortstop was voted the Most Outstanding Player of the regional after collecting four hits in 10 at-bats, scoring three runs and driving in four.
Nola was joined on the all-tournament team by pitchers Kevin Gausman and Aaron Nola and catcher Ty Ross.
Besides his offensive contributions, which included the first and last RBI Friday in a tough 4-1 win against UL-Monroe, and the first and last run scored Sunday in a 6-5 10-inning thriller vs. Oregon State, Nola was his steady, borderline spectacular self with the glove. He handled 17 chances in three games without an error and got to several balls most college shortstops wouldn’t.
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Aaron Nola and Gausman each shut down opposing offenses in their starts. The younger Nola logged eight innings and struck out a career-high 10 batters on the way to his seventh win of the season. He allowed only four hits.
Gausman wasn’t as sharp, giving up seven hits and striking out only three. But he gritted out eight innings.
Ross went 4-for-11 in the three games, and his double ignited the Tigers’ nint-inning rally.
Other players on the All-Tournament team were: 1B Joey Rapp (ULM), 2B John Tommasini (Oregon State), 3B Judd Edwards, OF Micharl Conforto (OSU), Ryan Barnes (OSU) and Joey Matthews (OSU) and DH Danny Hayes (OSU).
Technically, LSU won’t find out for sure it is hosting a Super Regional until Monday. But the Tigers spot as a No. 7 seed makes it very likely.
With that in mind, the school is reminding fans of the ticket distribution process.
The Super Regional will be a best two-of-three series starting either Friday or Saturday. It’s likely LSU will draw an evening slot.
Tickets for the Super Regional are available now to LSU baseball season-ticket holders. Super Regional tickets will remain on sale to season-ticket holders until 5 p.m. Tuesday. Super Regional ticket booklets, good for all games, are $60 (suites and Champion's Club), $45 (gold field box, gold grandstand and grandstand) and $30 (bleachers and standing room only). All parking passes are $40.
All tickets will be either held at will-call and available at the LSU Athletic Ticket Office until 5 p.m. on the day prior to the first game or at the Alex Box Stadium ticket office on the day of the game, or will be available to print at home depending on the option the season ticket holder requested. No tickets will be mailed.
Tickets will go on sale to the general public only if tickets are available following season ticket renewals and after the visiting team has indicated how many it will take. Per NCAA regulations, LSU is required to hold 600 tickets for the opposing team’s fans. LSU fans are encouraged to sign up for Geaux Mail for e-mail alerts regarding ticket availability should a public on-sale be available at LSUtix.net.
For more information, visit www.LSUtix.net or call (225) 578-2184.
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