Rice -- 2012: Stepped-up with key relief performances all season long and proved to be one the staff's steadiest contributors... Moved into the closer's role late in the year and registered seven saves... Made a team-leading 36 pitching appearances, all out of the bullpen... Maintained an austere 1.93 ERA in 51.1 innings... Owls' finishing pitcher in a game 20 times, the most on the staff... Notched saves against NCAA Tournament teams UCF, Dallas Baptist and Prairie View... Also notched saves against Texas Tech, Southern Miss and crosstown rival Houston (twice)... Held a total of 182 opposing hitters to a steady .181 batting average with a 1.09 WHIP... Averaged a team-leading 11.9 strikeouts-per-nine innings with a 3.2-to-1 strikeouts-to-walks ratio... Allowed only three runs (two earned) and struck out 46 over his final 32.0 innings of work... Was named the National Pitcher of the Week and Conference USA Pitcher of the Week after helping his Owl team clinch the C-USA regular season league championship in the final weekend of the season... 2011: Most Valuable Player of the C-USA Championship; Finished second on the team, and third in Conference USA, in appearances (30)... Shared the team lead, and tied for third in the league, with eight wins... Posted saves against C-USA foes Tulane and Memphis... Finished eighth in the conference in strikeouts (76)... Averaged a team-leading 11.3 strikeouts per 9.0 innings pitched... Maintained a 4.2-to-1 strikeouts-to-walks ratio... Held opposing hitters to a composite .230 batting average, a mark that shrank to .203 when there were two outs recorded in the inning and just .175 when runners were on base... Named the MVP of the C-USA Championship after two brilliant career outings over a three-day span... Pitched a total of 9.0 innings at the C-USA tourney, scattering six singles with no walks and striking out eight... Tied a career-high with 4.1 scoreless innings against the No. 1 hitting team in the conference (Memphis) while the offense rallied for an 8-5 win... Two days later in the tournament's championship game against Houston he allowed just two hits and struck out a career-high seven with a new career-best of 4.2 scoreless frames... Sterling C-USA outings were a function of a sensational second half of the season where he maintained a 0.79 ERA, a .206 opponents' batting average, only eight walks and just one extra base hits allowed over his last 34.1 innings of the season... ERA in conference-only games was 1.71 in 21.0 league innings... More than one third of his innings (23.1) were against elite teams that went on to play in NCAA Regionals... ERA in games played away from Reckling Park was a team-best 1.78 in 30.1 frames... Made first career start on the road against the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns and allowed just one run in a predetermined 3.0 innings of work... Pitched 2.0 or more innings a total of 15 different times... Played in the prestigious Cape Cod League (Falmouth) over the summer... 2010: Appeared in 26 games, all in relief... Pitched in the most games of any Rice freshman... Led the staff in saves (4) and was second in games finished (15)... Notched saves against Texas Tech and Conference USA foes UCF and East Carolina (twice)... Earned wins in games against Nebraska and a California team that went on to play in an NCAA Regional... Threw a career-long 4.1 innings to defeat Cal... Came back three days later in his next outing and posted a career-high six strikeouts while allowing just one hit in 2.2 frames against No. 2 ranked Texas... Pitched 2.0 or more innings ten different times... Amassed 45 strikeouts in 41.0 innings of work for a staff-leading 9.9 Ks per 9.0 IP (min. 10 inn.)... Maintained a steady 2.8-to-1 strikeouts-to-walks ratio, but only walked as many as two batters in any game on just two occasions... Held nationally-ranked teams to a .200 opponents' batting average while registering a 3.09 ERA.
High School - A 2009 graduate of nearby Bellaire High School in Bellaire, Tex.... Named one of the nation's top prep prospects in 2009 by Collegiate Baseball... Helped lead the Cardinals to a 34-4-1 record and the semi-finals of the state tournament... Coached by Rocky Manuel... Three-time first team all-District 20-5A selection... Two-time selection to the Texas Association of Sports Officials (TASO) All-Tournament team and a 2008 Houston Area Baseball Coaches Association all-star... Played on the 2008 Texas Rangers area code team.
Personal - Full name: Tyler Blinn Duffey. Born: Dec. 27, 1990, in Houston. Parents: Tim and Shanna Duffey of Houston (one brother). College: Lovette