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Lafayette's DuPont commits to Kansas State

Lafayette's DuPont commits to Kansas State


Lafayette outfielder Cole DuPont found what he was looking for with the Kansas State baseball program, and he believes he is what the Wildcats are looking for.

“I really liked the coaches,” he said. “They like the way I play, and I really like the way (the players) play the game. They hustle. They play hard. Me and the coaches really thought that that was a good fit.”

The left-handed hitting DuPont, a 6-foot, 180-pounder who is entering his senior year, made a verbal commitment to the Wildcats on Monday after also considering Central Arkansas, Austin Peay and Arkansas State.

“I went on my visit and really liked it,” he said. “The facilities are top notch. Their facilities are all for baseball, so that was a big thing to me. I feel like I can get a lot better and be a lot better baseball player. I feel like we’re going to be a good team. That was a big thing there. So me and my family talked it out, and we thought it was the best fit.”

DuPont has had two strong seasons for the Lancers the past two years, excelling on the mound as a sophomore and then at the plate and in the outfield as a junior.

He went 4-1 with a 2.66 ERA in 44 2/3 innings over nine appearances (6 starts) as a sophomore. He struck out 24, walked 10 and limited opponents to a .237 batting average.

Then, as a junior this spring, he batted .373 (22 hits in 59 at bats) with five doubles, two triples, one home run, seven RBI, nine stolen bases, 18 runs scored, .526 on-base percentage and .576 slugging percentage as a catalyst at the top of Lafayette’s batting order.

“My summer coach, Coach (Jeff) Reed, he saw the outfielder in me, and he gave me a chance out there,” DuPont said. “I really picked it up and worked hard at it. Now, it paid off.”

DuPont and the St. Louis Prospects, who are sponsored by Rawlings, have had a great summer. The team, which went 30-7 while traveling around the country for games and tournaments, is now up to nine Division I commitments following recent pledges by DuPont and CBC third baseman Jake Burger (Missouri State), and more players could increase that number.

Burger and DuPont followed commitments by Francis Howell catcher Nic Perkins (Mississippi), Marquette shortstop Keith Grieshaber (Arkansas), Howell infielder/outfielder Eli Dilday (Nebraska), Parkway Central right-handed pitcher Brady Feigl (Mississippi), Westminster catcher Brett Bond (Missouri), Westminster shortstop Shane Benes (Missouri) and Collinsville right-handed pitcher Tanner Houck (Missouri).

“We had a good team,” DuPont said. “We had a good summer. It was a lot of fun.”

DuPont’s older brother, William, also was a standout baseball player at Lafayette. An infielder/outfielder, he signed with Mississippi State as a high school senior but signed with the Toronto Blue Jays after he was selected in the 16th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft.

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