Murray Named to College Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher of the Year Watch List
Monday, April 28, 2014 | by Matt Moretti III (@Moretts13)
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Mike Murray (10-0): 1.18 ERA, 83.2 IP, 64 H, 18 R, 11 ER, 10 BB, 65 SO
Mike Murray (10-0): 1.18 ERA, 83.2 IP, 64 H, 18 R, 11 ER, 10 BB, 65 SO

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LUBBOCK, Texas
– FGCU baseball ace Michael Murray has been named to the 2014 College Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher of the Year Award watch list in recognition of the stellar start he is off to in his sophomore campaign.

For a pitcher, there's not much better than zeros, and several of the 47 pitchers on the first watch list for the 2014 Pitcher of the Year Award feature that magic number in their statistical lines.

Murray (West Palm Beach, Fla./Forrest Hill HS) leads the Atlantic Sun with a 1.18 ERA in 83.2 innings on the hill. He has compiled a 10-0 record, making him just the second Eagle in program history to accomplish such a feat along with MLB All-Star and former National Player of the Year, Chris Sale, who holds the single-season FGCU wins record with 11. His 65 strikeouts also lead the A-Sun against 10 walks in 11 starts and his opponents are batting just .211 against him.

Murray's name is mentioned alongside players from all of the power conferences and is the only representative from the A-Sun included on the list. In-state rivals and perrenial college baseball powers, Florida State, Miami and Florida each only have one name listed. Murray is also a three-time A-Sun Pitcher of the Week and has already been named to the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Player of the Year Award watch list as well. 

“Mike has been great for us,” head coach Dave Tollett added. “To be mentioned along with Chris Sale shows how hard he has worked to get to where he is at now. These nominations are going to keep coming and there is no one more deserving.”

The Pitcher of the Year Award, sponsored by Diamond, will be presented during the National College Baseball Hall of Fame's annual Night of Champions on June 28 in Lubbock, Texas.

For more information on the Pitcher of the Year Award or the College Baseball Hall of Fame's Night of Champions, visit www.collegebaseballhall.org.

Pitcher of the Year Watch List: 

NAME

TEAM

CONFERENCE

Gage Smith

Florida State

ACC

Bryan Garcia

Miami

ACC

Nick Howard

Virginia

ACC

Nathan Kirby

Virginia

ACC

Nick Burdi

Louisville

American Athletic

Michael Murray

FGCU

Atlantic Sun

Brendan McCurry

Oklahoma State

Big 12

Vince Wheeland

Oklahoma State

Big 12

Brandon Finnegan

TCU

Big 12

Nathan Thornhill

Texas

Big 12

Josh Prevost

Seton Hall

Big East

Trey Lambert

Liberty

Big South

Ryan Thompson

Campbell

Big South

Casey Bloomquist

Cal Poly

Big West

Matt Imhof

Cal Poly

Big West

Thomas Eshelman

Cal State Fullerton

Big West

Sam Moore

UC Irvine

Big West

Andrew Morales

UC Irvine

Big West

Chase Mallard

Alabama-Birmingham

Conference USA

Brett Mabry

East Carolina

Conference USA

Ryan Williams

East Carolina

Conference USA

Mike Franco

Florida International

Conference USA

Christopher Mourelle

Florida International

Conference USA

Blake Fox

Rice

Conference USA

Kyle Freeland

Evansville

Missouri Valley

Michael Cederoth

San Diego State

Mountain West

Jeff Gold

Oregon

Pac-12

Jace Fry

Oregon State

Pac-12

Ben Wetzler

Oregon State

Pac-12

David Berg

UCLA

Pac-12

Tyler Davis

Washington

Pac-12

Thomas Burrows

Alabama

SEC

Danny Young

Florida

SEC

Aaron Nola

LSU

SEC

Chris Ellis

Ole Miss

SEC

Christian Trent

Ole Miss

SEC

Joel Seddon

South Carolina

SEC

Jack Wynkoop

South Carolina

SEC

Andy Cox

Tennessee

SEC

Walker Buehler

Vanderbilt

SEC

Andres Garcia

Samford

Southern

Carson Baranik

Louisiana Lafayette

Sun Belt

Ryan Wilson

Louisiana Lafayette

Sun Belt

Sam Street

UT-Pan American

WAC

Aaron Brown

Pepperdine

West Coast

Eric Karch

Pepperdine

West Coast

Corey Miller

Pepperdine

West Coast


COVERAGE
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ATLANTIC SUN CHAMPIONSHIP
For the first time in program history, the FGCU baseball team will play host to the 2014 Atlantic Sun Baseball Championship set to take place May 21-25 at Swanson Stadium. The top eight teams in the standings at the end of the regular season will advance to the championship and compete in a double-elimination style tournament to determine the A-Sun’s automatic qualifier to the NCAA Tournament. The Eagles are three-time A-Sun Regular Season Champions and finished second in the league last season.

TICKETS
Single-game tickets for FGCU Baseball are available at a cost of $6 for adults and $3 for children. Season tickets and tickets to the 2014 Atlantic Sun Championship are also available. For more information and additional deals, visit FGCUathletics.com/tickets, or call the ticket office at 239-590-7145.