LSU’s Raph Rhymes, Mason Katz, Aaron Nola named Collegiate Baseball All-Americans LSU’s Raph Rhymes, Mason Katz, Aaron Nola named Collegiate Baseball All-Americans Advocate news services Dec. 29, 2012 Comments LSU senior outfielder Raph Rhymes, senior first baseman Mason Katz and sophomore pitcher Aaron Nola were named Friday to the Collegiate Baseball preseason All-America teams. Rhymes is on the first team, and Katz and Nola were voted to the second team. Rhymes, a 2012 first-team all-American and the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year, hit an NCAA-leading .431 last season, establishing an LSU record for single-season batting average. The Monroe native had 11 doubles, four home runs, 53 RBIs, a .530 slugging percentage and a .489 on-base percentage. Rhymes, a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, led the conference in hits (100) and on-base percentage (.489), and he was No. 5 in the league in RBIs (53), No. 6 in slugging percentage (.530) and No. 8 in total bases (123). Katz, a 2012 second-team all-SEC selection, hit .320 last season with 15 doubles, one triple, a team-high 13 homers and 52 RBIs. Katz, a former Jesuit High School star, led the SEC in runs scored (65), and he was No. 3 in the league in home runs, No. 4 in slugging percentage (.552), No. 4 in total bases (133) and No. 6 in RBIs. Katz, a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, is the leading returning home run hitter in the league for the 2013 season. Nola, a right-hander from Catholic High School, earned 2012 Freshman All-America recognition and he was voted to the Freshman All-SEC team by the league’s coaches. He was 7-4 last season with a 3.61 ERA in 89.2 innings, recording 89 strikeouts and seven walks. Nola led the SEC in fewest walks allowed and batters struck out looking (40). He was No. 9 in the league in overall strikeouts. He was named to the NCAA regional all-tournament team after defeating UL-Monroe in the Tigers’ opening game of the regional on June 1. Nola limited the Warhawks to one run on four hits in a career-high eight innings with a career-best 10 strikeouts. LSU opens the season at 7 p.m. Feb. 15, when the Tigers host Maryland in Alex Box Stadium.