Tulane's 14 Conference USA Wins are the Most Since 2006
Ponder's Career Honors
Second Team All-Conference USA
First Team All-Louisiana
Career Notes: Earned Second Team All-Conference USA and First Team All-Louisiana during his senior season...ended his career ranked sixth on the Tulane saves list with 13 career saves...his 12 saves in 2012 are tied for fifth on the single season charts at TU...set career-highs in saves (12), appearances (27), innings
pitched (49), strikeouts (35), opponent's batting average (.193) and earned run average (1.10) during his senior season...in his career he made 54 appearances with a 5-3 record and 13 saves...his career ERA was 2.53 in 89 innings of work and a .241 batting average against.
2012 (Senior): Named Second Team All-Conference USA...earned Second Team All-Louisiana accolades from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association...made 27 appearances on the mound all in relief...picked up two wins on the season; versus Siena (2/17) and against Marshall (5/18)...collected 12 saves; versus Indiana (2/24), twice against Alabama (3/2 & 3/3), at Wichita State (3/10), versus Rice (4/6), against Nicholls State (4/10), versus Southeastern Louisiana (4/17), twice at East Carolina (4/27 & 4/28), twice versus Southern Miss (5/4 & 5/6), against Louisiana-Lafayette (5/8), versus Marshall (5/17) and against East Carolina (5/23) at the Conference USA Tournament...carried a streak of 21 1/3 scoreless innings from March 18 - May 8...stranded 19 of 23 inherited base runners on the year...23 of 27 appearances were scoreless...led Conference USA with 12 saves...ranked among the Conference USA leaders in games finished (23, 3rd) and appearances (27, 6th)...led the team in saves (12), appearances (27) and games finished (23)...ranked fourth on the squad in innings pitched (49.0) and strikeouts (35)...fanned three batters in four innings of work to earn the win versus Siena (2/17) in the season opener...allowed one run in three innings of work at Louisiana-Monroe (2/21)...threw three perfect innings with three strikeouts to claim the save versus Indiana (2/24)...fanned three in one and two-thirds perfect innings in the series opener versus Alabama (3/2)...struck out two in a scoreless inning of the series finale versus Alabama (3/5)...claimed the save with two and one-thirds scoreless innings with three strikeouts at Wichita State (3/10)...allowed a run in two innings versus Louisiana-Monroe (3/13)...struck out one in a perfect inning versus Brown (3/18)...threw a perfect inning at Southeastern Louisiana (3/27)...struck out one in a perfect inning at Memphis (4/1)...grabbed the save with three and one-thirds scoreless innings versus #9 Rice (4/6)...earned the save with two strikeouts in a perfect inning of relief work versus Nicholls State (4/10)...threw two and one-thirds scoreless innings with two strikeouts at UAB (4/14)...threw one and one-thirds scoreless innings with a strikeout to earn the save versus Southeastern Louisiana (4/17)...made two appearances versus #19 UCF...threw two and one-thirds scoreless innings in the series opener versus #19 UCF (4/20)...threw a scoreless inning in the series finale against #19 UCF (4/22)...collected back-to-back saves at East Carolina...tossed two innings in the series opener at East Carolina (4/27)...got the save with one scoreless frame at East Carolina (4/28)...struck out the final batter of the game to preserve the victory in the series opener versus Southern Miss (5/4)...fanned two in two innings of work to claim the save over Southern Miss (5/6) in the series finale...had a save with a scoreless inning and two strikeouts against Louisiana-Lafayette (5/8)...allowed one run on five hits in four and one-thirds innings in the series opener at Houston (5/11)...posted a save in the series opener versus Marshall (5/17) with a scoreless inning...threw three and one-thirds scoreless innings in the middle game of a series with Marshall (5/18) to earn the win...earned the save with one scoreless inning against East Carolina (5/23) at the Conference USA Tournament.
2011 (Junior): Appeared in 17 games, with one start on the mound...tied for second on the team in saves (1) and pitching victories (3)...collected wins against Wichita State (3/13), Alcorn State (3/16) and at Rice (4/16)...posted a save against Southeastern Louisiana (4/19)...posted three consecutive scoreless outings from February 26-March 16...tossed a scoreless inning against George Washington (2/26)...struck out one in a scoreless inning versus Wichita State (3/13) to collect his first collegiate victory...threw five scoreless innings in his first career start against Alcorn State (3/16) with two strikeouts...struck out one and allowed an unearned run in one and two-thirds innings of relief work against FIU (3/30)...surrendered two unearned runs in two innings versus Houston (4/3)...tossed a perfect three and one-thirds innings to pick up the win at Rice (4/16)...allowed one run in one and one-thirds innings of work versus Southeastern Louisiana (4/19)...struck out one in a scoreless inning versus UAB (4/29)...allowed one run on two hits in two innings of work at LSU (5/3)...allowed two runs - one earned - in two and one-thirds innings of work against East Carolina (5/20) with two strikeouts...retired the only two batters he faced against East Carolina (5/26) at the Conference USA Tournament.
2010 (Sophomore): Appeared in three games, all out of the bullpen...one of his three appearances were scoreless...threw two scoreless innings in a relief appearances at New Orleans (3/9) allowing no hits and walking one batter...allowed one run on two hits in an inning of work versus Towson (3/14)...surrendered three runs versus Southern Miss (4/30) in his final appearance of the season.
2009 (Freshman): Appeared in seven games, with nine innings pitched...posted an 0-1 record with a 2.00 earned run average...recorded seven strikeouts against zero walks...made five straight appearances before allowing his first run of the season...also a member of the Tulane football team as a quarterback, Ponder's seven appearances came in February and March before the start of football spring ball.
About D.J. Ponder
Personal: Born Donald Eugene Ponder, Jr. on Oct. 29, 1989, in Baton Rouge, La...is one of three children of Donald Sr. and Suzanne Ponder...also plays football for Tulane...father Donald Sr., played football at Idaho and Louisiana Tech.