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#18 Tyler Duke
Position: Infield
Bats: R
Throws: R
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 160
Year: Sophomore
City/State: Troutville, Va.
High School: James River
Major: Justice studies
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As a sophomore:

  • Best game of young career 2-for-3 with thre RBIs, two walks and a double in Binghamton finale
  • Matched JMU record with two sacrifices in one game against Hartford
  • Three consecutive multiple-hit games in early March, beginning with 2-for-3 game with four runs, a double and first career home run in second game of a doubleheader vs. Hofstra
  • Followed that with a grand slam in Hofstra finale, going 2-for-4 with five RBIs
  • Went 3-for-5 with two RBIs in the next game against VMI
  • Two doubles in road game at Maryland
  • Double with two runs and two RBIs in middle game vs. Georgia State
  • RBI double in pinch hit appearance in GW finale

As a freshman:

  • Made JMU debut as pinch hitter vs. Virginia
  • 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI in first career start at second base vs. the Mount
  • Saw most extensive action in GSU series, going 4-for-13 with four runs, two RBI's and three walks
  • Single, walk, RBI, hit by pitch and two runs scored in Delaware middle game
  • Two hits with a double and the only run scored in JMU's loss to Liberty
  • Named an All-Star with the Roanoke Rails in the Carolina-Virginia Collegiate League during the summer of 2012, hitting .343 in 19 games with 12 runs, 13 walks and a pair of stolen bases

Before JMU:

  • Played for head coach Gehrig Ferguson and Harry Falls and James River High School
  • Three-time Pioneer District Player of the Year
  • Four-time Pioneer All District First Team
  • Four-time Region C Baseball First Team
  • Two-time first team All-Timesland
  • Two-time Honorable Mention All-State
  • As a senior named as the Region Player of the Year, VHSCA Group A Player of the year as well as the All-Timesland Baseball Player of the Year award
  • Ray Bellamy Memorial Award presented by the Salem-Roanoke Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Played in the VHSCA All-Star Game
  • Is currently the James River High School record holder for home runs (season and Career)
  • As a senior hit .603 with 11 HR's
  • Had a career of 19 home runs and 99 RBIs
  • Four-year baseball letter winner
  • Pioneers were the district regular season and tournament champions 08, 09, and 11 as well as making it to state semi-finals both in 2008 and 2009
  • Also played basketball ninth, 10th and 12th grade, and golf as a senior
  • Was on the A-B honor roll all four years


  • Son of Tonya and Stephen Duke
  • Uncle Chris Hammersly played both football and baseball at the collegiate level
  • Enjoys fishing, hunting and playing golf
  • Justice studies Major


Career Statistics

2012.... .200 24-12 45 9 9 2 0 0 4 11 .244 8 1 13 0 .333 0 2 2-3 33 15 2 .960
2013.... .239 36-35 113 19 27 10 1 3 23 48 .425 15 6 34 0 .358 0 5 3-3 45 116 7 .958
TOTAL... .228 60-47 158 28 36 12 1 3 27 59 .373 23 7 47 0 .351 0 7 5-6 78 131 9 .959

Career Highs

Runs: 4, Hofstra 3/9/13
Hits: 3, VMI 3/13/13
RBIs: 5, Hofstra 3/10/13
Steals: 1, 3x, Old Dominion 4/5/13
Hitting Streak: 3, 2x, 3/9/13-3/12/13

Getting to know Tyler...

Why did you choose JMU
Friends, education, baseball                      

What's your current major:
Justice studies

If you didn't play baseball what other sport would you want to play

Describe yourself in three words
Modest, outgoing and willing

Biggest inspiration
Coach White and my dad Steve Duke

Favorite personal baseball memory
Hitting three home runs in a game

Best advice you were ever given
Work hard and leave no regrets

Favorite part of being on a team
Being Competitive

Personal saying or motto you try to live by
Live life to the fullest

"People would be surprised to know that I..."
Fish every day I'm not playing baseball.

Biggest pet peeve

Any weird pre-game rituals
I always put fresh pine tar on my bat

Your Go-To outfit
T-shirts and shorts

Favorite place to eat on campus

Biggest fear

Favorite Quote
"I know I'm hitting good when I'm hitting the ball the other way." - Albert Pujols

What do you enjoy doing other than playing baseball
Fishing, hunting, golf (anything outdoors)

Last movie you watched
Silent House

"After college I see myself..."

Having a job outdoors

Pick One:
Baseball in the hot or cold weather: hot
Early bird or night owl: night owl
Pepsi or Coke: Pepsi
Vanilla or Chocolate: chocolate
Gray, White, Gold, or Purple uniform: white

Team Tell-All:                                                                                  
Most/Least Swag
: Most-Cole McInturff Least- Casey Goss
Funniest: Cole McInturff

Hardest Worker:
Colby Roberts
Most Serious:
Trent Cundiff
Most likely to fall asleep on the bus:
Aaron Hoover
Most likely to be eating:
Cole McInturff
Best nickname on the team:
Ty McFarland-"TMAC"