Byrd Delivers Game-Winning Hit; Rice Next Meets FIU Wed. at 12:30 PM In C-USA Championship
2014: Conference USA All-Freshman Team; All-Silver Glove Series (for games against crosstown rival Houston); Worked his way into a host of important contributions on the mound in first season of Division I baseball... Finished third on the staff with 18 appearances, making seven starts and 11 trips out of the bullpen... Served primarily as a reliever in the first two-thirds of the season, then moved to more of a starter's role for the final six weeks... Fifth on the team in innings pitched (59.0), which were divided almost equally between starts (31.0) and relief (28.0)... Ended the year with three losses, all of which were to talented teams that went on to play in the College World Series (Texas twice and Texas Tech)... Logged a total of 26.1 innings against opponents that advanced to the NCAA Tournament, tied with Blake Fox for the third-highest total on the staff... Did some of his best work against the eventual-NCAA Regional teams, recording a 2.39 ERA and holding those foes to a composite .153 batting average (but with an 0-3 record to show for it)... Recorded first collegiate win in one of the Owls' biggest series of the year, the finale against C-USA runner-up UAB to complete a sweep of the weekend set... Did not allow an earned run and struck out seven while firing a career-long 7.2 innings against the Blazers... Maintained a 1.59 ERA with 28 strikeouts in 28.1 innings of C-USA league play... Struck out a career-high eight batters in 5.0 frames to earn second victory in a C-USA road start at UTSA... Averaged 8.9 strikeouts per 9.0 innings for all games... Fanned five in 3.2 shutout innings of relief to earn a save on the road at Tulane... Averaged more than 2.1 innings and maintained a 1.18 WHIP in 11 relief outings... Six double plays behind him was second-most on the team... One of just two Owl pitchers with at least 20 innings not to allow a home run.
High School - A 2013 graduate of Seven Lakes High School in Katy, Tex.... Multi-sport student-athlete who was a two-year varsity baseball starter and letterman... Went 6-2 on the mound with a 1.60 ERA in 13 appearances for the 2013 Regional III 5A bi-district champions... Finished senior year with 83 strikeouts in 65.2 innings, an average of 11.4 Ks per 9.0 innings... Served as team captain for Chargers team that finished with a 20-13 record... Earned both first team all-district and academic all-district honors in 19-5A... Pitched 22 innings with an ERA of 2.26 as a junior in 2012, earning second team all-district... Also contributed to the team as a left-handed hitting first baseman, hitting .316 with a .419 on-base percentage in 2012... Coached in baseball by Chad Payne... Standout football letterman... Named first team Academic all-state under head coach Lydell Wilson... Maintained a 4.32 grade point average on 4.00 scale... Member of the National Honor Society.
Personal - Full name: Jon Christopher Duplantier... Born: July 11, 1994, in Newark, Delaware... Parents: Jon and Devra Duplantier of Katy, Texas (one brother, one sister)... Chose to attend Rice over Yale... College: Lovett