TUCSON, Ariz. -- On the eve of the 2016 NCAA Tournament Rice's Jon Duplantier was named an All-America pitcher by Collegiate Baseball magazine, the publication announced on Thursday (June 2).
Under the direction and daily training regimen of Rice head coach Wayne Graham, Duplantier was named to Collegiate Baseball’s All-America Third Team. Duplantier (7-6, 3.06 ERA) has been sound and solid in making 15 starts this season where he ranks second in the nation with 143 strikeouts. The 6-foot-4 right-hander averages 12.1 strikeouts per 9.0 innings with a 3.5-to-1 strikeouts-to-walks ratio, eye-opening numbers that helped him earn 2016 Conference USA Pitcher of the Year honors as well as selection to the league’s All-Tournament team last weekend. He’s worked at least 6.0 innings in all but two starts for a team-leading total of 106.0 frames. For the year the native of Katy, Texas, has held opposing hitters to an austere .196 composite batting average. Duplantier has faced six nationally-ranked teams a total of eight eight times - including Arizona, Arkansas, East Carolina, Florida Atlantic, Southern Miss (twice) and Louisiana Tech (twice). He's been named the C-USA Pitcher of the Week three times and a National Pitcher of the Week (according to CollegeSportsMadness.com).