LSU sophomore pitcher Aaron Nola will not take the mound this weekend when Ole Miss visits Alex Box Stadium. Kurt McCune will take his place on the bump for Friday's game.
Paul Mainieri decided to give him the week off after Nola threw six innings in a 7-4 win over Texas A&M. Mainieri says he's been wanting to give the right hander from Catholic High a break after throwing four straight complete games.
Mainieri feels Nola will be rejuvenated and ready to pitch in the SEC Tournament and NCAA Regionals the next two weeks. Nola will not pick up a ball for at least the next four days and it will be ten days from his last start until his next one at Hoover.
Mainieri can afford to give Nola the rest. The Tigers have already clinched the SEC Western division title.
Nola has already pitched 95 innings this year, which is six more innings than he threw all of the 2012 season. Nola agreed to the rest when Mainieri brought it up to him.
"I pitched in the cold a few weeks ago and this past weekend was warm and I started to feel a little tired after that sixth inning Friday," said Nola.
Nola threw 15 extra pitches that inning and Mainieri says he felt that took a toll.
This is it the first time Nola has been given a break this season. Mainieri sat him down last season for the series in Gainesville against the Florida Gators.
So far this season Nola leads the team in wins (10-0), ERA (1.99), strikeouts (97) and complete games (4). Nola is the only LSU pitcher with a complete game.
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