Jun 7, 2013; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers pitcher AaronNola (10) pitches in the fourth inning against the Oklahoma Sooners during the Baton Rouge super regional of the 2013 NCAA baseball tournament at Alex Box Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

LSU vs. Virginia Tech final score: Nola flirts with no-hitter, Tigers win 9-0

Aaron Nola had a no-hitter working for him through seven innings and eight strikeouts, but the reigning SEC Pitcher of the Year and All-American was pulled after 87 pitches and LSU leading 9-0.

Nola only threw six pitches to get through  his last inning and struck out six of the last nine he faced, but with the season only one week old, I think the right decision was made to pull Nola with the game in hand and a lot of games left.

The only two to reach base on Nola came on an error to second base in the first inning and a Saige Jenco walk in the third. Alden Cartwright came in relief to try and preserve the no-hitter after Nola came the closest to LSU’s first nine-inning no-hitter since Brian Winders in 1995.

Cartwright would retire the first two batters he faced in the 8th, but pinch hitter Tom Stofell broke up the no-hit bid with two outs on a single past a diving Tyler Moore in no man’s land between the first and second basemen.

LSU had the game in hand at this point with the crowd at The Box hoping to see a bit of history on Friday night in a game LSU had won after the 2nd inning.

The Tigers broke the game open with a four-run 2nd with Sean McMullen doing the bulk of the damage with a three-run home run to right.

With Nola continuing to mow down the Hokies, the LSU offense had another big inning in the 3rd with Alex Bregman getting things with a double. Conner Hale reached on an E-6 and with up one batter later and with runners on second and third Christian Ibarra knocked them in with a single to left to give LSU a 7-0 lead.

LSU added two more in the fourth with a sacrifice fly from Chris Chinea and a single by Ibarra gave him his third RBI of the evening.

Zac Person came in for the ninth and gave up one more single, but closed the game out with a strikeout as LSU defeated Virginia Tech 9-0 to improve to 5-0 on the season with three of the wins coming via the shutout.

There will be those who question the decision to pull Nola with a no-hitter going, but we will be thankful when he has a few extra bullets in his arm when the College World Series rolls around when he will be counted on heavily to get this team to Omaha.

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