2008 SEC Academic Honor Roll
Southpaw that featured great location on his pitches, including a very effective curveball ... developed into a weekend starter for the Tigers in 2007 and worked out of the bullpen in 2008 and 2009 ... member of the 2008 SEC Academic Honor Roll as a general studies major ... received his LSU degree in May 2009 ... named the 2005 Central Illinois Collegiate League Pitcher of the Year after recording a 5-1 mark and a 1.91 ERA for the Danville Dans . . . came to LSU from an established high school program that produced former LSU All-Americans Ben McDonald and Russ Johnson.
SENIOR SEASON (2009)
Made 13 appearances (three starts) on the mound, posting a 1-0 mark and a 5.81 ERA in 26.1 innings with eight walks and 24 strikeouts ... winning pitcher in 2009 SEC Tournament championship game (May 24), limiting Vanderbilt to two runs on five hits in 7.2 IP with one walk and three Ks ... worked 4.2 scoreless innings vs. McNeese State (March 18), tying career high with eight strikeouts.
JUNIOR SEASON (2008)
Pitched in 13 games (six starts), posting a 2-1 mark and a 6.82 ERA in 30.1 innings with eight walks and 17 strikeouts ... turned in a brilliant relief outing at Auburn (May 16), firing six shutout innings to earn the victory; allowed only two hits with one walk and five strikeouts ... earned his first win of the season as a starter versus Michigan State (March 5), limiting the Spartans to one unearned run on four hits in five innings with no walks and two Ks.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2007)
Appeared in 16 games with a team-high 12 starts; finished second on the club with six victories ... completed the season with a 6-2 mark and a 4.74 ERA in 68.1 innings, recording 21 walks and 35 strikeouts ... pitched brilliantly in complete-game victory over Ole Miss (April 14), limiting the Rebels to two runs on seven hits in nine innings with no walks and three strikeouts; the complete game was the first by an LSU pitcher in an SEC contest since Clay Dirks defeated Tennessee on May 14, 2005 ... defeated Florida (May 13), allowing four runs on seven hits in five innings in a 9-4 LSU win ... posted win over Alabama (April 1), limiting the Tide to two earned runs on six hits in 5.1 innings with one walk and two Ks ... excellent outing in win over New Orleans (March 27), allowing just one earned run on three hits in seven innings with one walk and eight Ks.
REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON (2006)
Appeared in seven games as a reliever, working 6.2 innings with three walks and six strikeouts . . . worked a career-high 1.2 perfect innings at Tennessee (4/8) . . . made collegiate debut vs. Centenary (2/14); struck out the side in one inning of relief as the Tigers won, 15-3.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2005)
Received a redshirt baseball season in 2005.
Four-year letterwinner at Denham Springs High School ... named all-state and all-district freshman, junior and senior years of high school ... earned 2004 Louisville Slugger All-America honors ... guided the Yellow Jackets to the 2004 Louisiana 5A state tournament, compiling a 8-2 record on the mound with 75 strikeouts and an ERA of 2.20 ... walked only 16 batters in 61.2 innings as a senior ... was a member of four playoff teams ... finished his career with 37 wins, an ERA of 1.71 and 269 strikeouts ... 2004 all-state academic honorable mention.
Full name is Ryan Keith Byrd ... parents are Keith and Rhonda Byrd ... has one younger sister, Lindsey... chose to attend LSU because "of the program's elite status" ... born January 28, 1986.
Byrd’s LSU Career Highs
Innings: 9 vs. Ole Miss (4/14/07)
Strikeouts: 8 vs. New Orleans (3/27/07); vs. McNeese State (3/18/09)
Hits Allowed: 8 three times; last vs. Indiana (2/24/08)
Runs: 6 three times; last vs. Arkansas (3/22/08)
Earned Runs: 6 twice; last vs. Southeastern La. (3/11/08)
Walks: 4 twice; last vs. Tennessee (4/29/07)