LSU's Dozar, Nola are honored

BATON ROUGE — LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri on Monday honored two of his senior players –– infielder Grant Dozar and shortstop Austin Nola –– during the Tigers’ postseason gathering at Walk-On’s Restaurant to watch the NCAA Tournament bracket announcement.

Just after the tournament field was revealed, Mainieri presented Dozar with the Skip Bertman Award and Nola with the Wally Pontiff Jr. Scholar Athlete Award.

“It’s a great pleasure for me as a coach to honor two young men who have meant so much to our program,” Mainieri said in a university news release. “They epitomize everything student-athletes should be. They are excellent players, but they are even greater human beings who demonstrate the merits of leadership and a strong work ethic.”

The Skip Bertman Award goes to the player who best exemplifies the spirit of the LSU baseball program. It is named for the Tigers’ legendary former coach and director of athletics. Bertman directed LSU to five national championships during his coaching tenure (1984-2001), and he served a highly successful seven-year term as athletics director.

Pontiff was an All-Southeastern Conference third baseman at LSU who played for the Tigers from 2000-02 and died tragically in 2002 due to a heart abnormality.

Dozar, a Morgan City native, earned his LSU degree in management earlier this month.

Nola, a Baton Rouge native, is a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, and he earned his LSU degree in sports administration earlier this month. A four-year starter for the Tigers at shortstop, Nola is also a two-time member of the SEC Community Service Team.

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