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LSU pitcher Aaron Nola is one step closer to being recognized nationally like he has in the region that encompasses the Southeastern Conference.

The sophomore was named Thursday to a 22-member watch list for the National Pitcher of the Year award.

In 13 starts this season, Nola is 10-0 with a 1.99 ERA. He has 97 strikeouts and just 13 walks in 95 innings. He's second in the SEC in wins, third in strikeouts and fourth in opponent batting average at .192.

He has pitched four straight complete games and recorded two shutouts this season.

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