National Player of the Year Candidate: Sophomore Year Profile
- 4x Atlantic Sun Conference Pitcher of the Week (conference CAREER record is 6)
- 13-1 RECORD – Leads the nation/FGCU Single-Season Record
- 1.85 ERA - Led A-Sun
- 79 Strikeouts - Led A-Sun
- 2014 Game-By-Game Stats | Career Stats
2010 National Player of the Year
As A Sophomore (2014) | Game-By-Game Stats | 13-1, 1.83 ERA, 107.0 IP, 92 H, 30 R, 22 ER, 14 BB, 79 SO
Louisville Slugger All-American - 2nd Team
NCBWA All-America – 3rd Team
Rawlings/ABCA All-American – 3rd Team
ABCA South All-Region First Team
Atlantic Sun Pitcher of the Year
Atlantic Sun All-Conference First Team
4x Atlantic Sun Pitcher of the Week
USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Semifinalist
College Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher of the Year Watch List
Murray had arguably the greatest season any FGCU pitcher has ever had with a program record 13 wins and an A-Sun best 1.85 ERA to go with 79 strikeouts which also led the league. Murray became the fourth A-Sun Pitcher of the Year that FGCU has had. He joined the group of Richard Bleier (2008), Chris Sale (2010) and Ricky Knapp (2012), all of which are now playing professional baseball. He was also tabbed to the A-Sun First Team. Murray was a Freshman All-American last season.
Murray was one of just nine pitchers in the A-Sun in the last 10 years to win double-digit games in a season. The sophomore was a semifinalist for the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award which names college baseball’s best player, has also been named to the 18-Man College Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher of the Year watch list and is a Louisville Slugger Second Team All-American in recognition of the stellar season he put together. His name is mentioned alongside players from all of the power conferences including in-state rivals and perennial college baseball powers, Florida State, Miami and Florida. He is the only player on the College Baseball Hall of Fame watch list that comes from the A-Sun.
Earlier this season Murray became just the second pitcher in FGCU history to throw back-to-back complete games. Ricky Knapp did so in March of 2012 when he went the distance against North Florida and East Tennessee State in consecutive outings. During his streak of 43.1 innings without allowing an earned run, which led the nation this season and was snapped at Stetson, Murray’s ERA dropped as low as 0.18 at one point.
Tossed a then-career-high 7.2 strong innings at Bethune-Cookman (Feb. 21) without allowing an earned run and striking out nine to pick up his first win ... Tossed 7.1 innings against the nationally ranked Florida Gators (Feb. 27), surrendered just one run and struck out four to guide the Eagles to a 2-1 victory. He would allow just three hits through seventh innings and for the second-consecutive start would not give up an earned run ... took against the Manhattan Jaspers with the task of stopping a season-long, four-game losing streak and he delivered in a big way with 8.0 stellar innings of work during which he struck out a then-season-high nine batters and guided the FGCU to a 3-1 victory ... worked arguably his best start of the season opposite FAMU (Mar. 14), tossing seven scoreless innings of four-hit ball and striking out a career-high 13 batters. His previous high was 10 which came last season and he had fanned nine twice this season ... came out and dominated once again opposite USC Upstate (Mar. 21), picking up his fifth-straight win and matching his 2013 win total. The two-time A-Sun Pitcher of the Week struck out 10 batters over 8.0 scoreless innings allowing just two hits, both of which came in the third inning and lowering his A-Sun leading ERA to 0.20. Murray at that point had held his opponents without an earned run in each of his last five starts and had allowed just one earned run this season, striking out 49 – five short of 2013 total of 54 – and walking just five batters ... took the ball against Stetson (Mar. 29) despite having his start pushed back a day and tossed the first complete game of his career and the first for any FGCU starter this season. He would give up seven hits, walk one, strikeout four and allow two runs, both earned. Those two earned runs in the sixth inning snapped a streak of 43.1 innings during which Murray did not allow an earned run and saw his ERA drop as low as 0.18 ... worked his second-consecutive complete game against Kennesaw State (Apr. 4), this time in shutout fashion, allowed just four hits, struck out four, walked none and picked up his seventh straight win, 5-0. He became just the second pitcher in FGCU history to throw back-to-back complete games. Ricky Knapp did so in March of 2012 when he went the distance against North Florida and East Tennessee State in consecutive outings. The sophomore lowered his A-Sun best ERA to a miniscule 0.43 which isn’t even the lowest that it has been this season ... settled in at Jacksonville (Apr. 11) after giving up two runs on three hits in the first and tossed 6.0 innings for four-hit ball and struck out two en route to improving his league best record to 8-0. Despite his ERA rising to 0.66, the Eagle ace still leads the A-Sun in that category ... took the mound in game one against UNF (Apr. 18), an 11 a.m. start at Swanson Stadium and took a come-backer off his face in the second inning but would stay in the game. The sophomore righty went on to pitch 8.0 innings of 10-hit ball, holding UNF to just two runs and striking out three to earn his league-leading ninth win ... made his 11th start of the season on against Mercer (Apr. 25) and despite giving up a season-high four runs, held the potent Mercer offense, who came into this one second in the A-Sun batting .291, scoreless through five innings and pitched into the eighth inning for the seventh time this season. He would close his line with three walks, three strikeouts and three the second most pitches he had all season with 112 ... worked through 6.0 innings at NKU (May 2) and gave up nine hits to go with four earned runs while walking two and striking out six, extending his league-lead in punch outs to 71 and bringing his A-Sun leading ERA to 1.51. Murray is one of just two pitchers in FGCU history to win double-digit games ... cruised through six shutout innings opposite ETSU (May 9) night, throwing just 67 pitches to guide the FGCU baseball team to a 14-0 vicotory and earned his FGCU single-season record setting 12th win, surpassing 2010 National Player of the Year Chris Sale ... Murray became the first pitcher in the nation this season to reach the 12-win plateau, lowering his A-Sun best ERA to 1.41 and picking up two strikeouts to extend his league-leading total to 73 ... worked through 6.1 innings in the A-Sun Tournament opposite UNF (May 21), gave up eight hits, struck out one and allowed three runs bringing his A-Sun-best ERA to 1.85 and increasing his nation-leading win total to 13.
As A Freshman (2013)
Earned a unanimous selection to the Atlantic Sun All-Freshmen team ... Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American ... made 15 appearances, including 13 starts ... finished his first season with 5-1 record and a 2.93 ERA in 86 innings of work ... finished second on the team in game started (13), innings (86) and third in wins (5) ... made his collegiate debut against St. John's (Feb. 17), allowing no runs on four hits with three strikeouts while picking up his first win of the season in five innings of relief work ... started his first collegiate contest at then-No. 13 Florida (Feb. 24), surrendering four runs (three earned) on eight hits and one walk, registering one strikeout in 5.1 innings of work in a no-decision ... improved to 2-0 on the year after tossing seven scoreless innings against Manhattan (Mar. 2), surrendering a pair of hits and one walk while recording four strikeouts ... earned a no-decision in his third start of the season, going seven innings against Western Michigan (Mar. 9) and allowing one run on three hits with a walk and three strikeouts ... improved to 3-1 in the series finale against Lipscomb (Mar. 30), tossing the first six frames and allowing no runs on five hits and no walks while recording five strikeouts ... moved to 4-1 with a win in game two at Kennesaw State (April 6), tossing 6.2 innings and allowing just one run on seven hits and one strikeout ... earned a no-decision after 5.2 innings of work at Mercer (April 13), surrendering two runs on six hits and a pair of walks while striking out five batters ... went six innings and allowed just one run on seven hits and a walk against USC Upstate (April 20), striking out eight of the 24 batters faced in the 107-pitch performance ... recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts in a no-decision against Northern Kentucky (April 27), allowing a pair of runs on three hits over six innings of work ... earned the victory after tossing the first 6.2 innings against Jacksonville (May 4), allowing two runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out three in the 109-pitch outing ... credited with a no-decision at North Florida (May 11), going six innings and allowing three runs on five hits and one walk while striking out four of the 21 batters in the 95-pitch outing ... threw seven shoutout innings and allowed only four hits and one walk while fanning three batters in relief in the second-round matchup of the A-Sun Tournament against sixth-seeded Lipscomb (May 23).
Attended Forest Hill High School … played for Russ Milliken …. Was the 2012 Athlete of the Year and Pitcher of the Year at Forest Hill High School … First Team All Conference in 2011 and 2012.
Born on Sept. 26, 1993 … son of Veronica and Michael Murray … has one sibling, Bonnie (22) … exercise science major.