TUCSON, Ariz. – FGCU baseball freshmen Michael Murray (West Palm Beach, Fla./Forest Hill HS) and Nick Rivera (Cape Coral, Fla./Bishop Verot HS) added to their postseason awards on Wednesday when the duo was named to the Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-American team, announced by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.
Both Murray and Rivera were unanimous selections to the Atlantic Sun All-Freshmen team following the regular season. A total of eight players from the A-Sun were named to the Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-American team.
Murray was FGCU’s No. 2 weekend starter in his initial campaign in the Green and Blue, producing a 5-1 record with a 2.93 ERA, which ranked eighth in the A-Sun. Over his 13 starts, Murray went six or more innings eight times and allowed two earned runs or less on eight occasions, including six straight starts. Over his 86 innings work, he struck out 55 batters while opposing hitters finishing at a .252 clip, good for ninth-best in the A-Sun. Murray made his first collegiate start at Florida, going 5.1 innings for a game two weekend win that was part of FGCU’s three-game sweep of the Gators. Other top performances for the right-hander were his 10-strikeout performance against NKU and seven scoreless innings of relief against Lipscomb at the A-Sun Tournament.
While Murray found his way into the middle of FGCU’s pitching rotation, Rivera slugged his way into to the heart of the batting order. Rivera made 33 of his 51 starts at third base, batting .287 with a team-high 23 extra-base hits out of his 56 base knocks that included 14 doubles and eight home runs. The local Bishop Verot High School product’s power numbers yielded 34 RBI and 96 total bases, while he worked 31 walks to up his on-base percentage to .395. Over the 57-game season, Rivera had a hit in 37 contests, including 14 multi-hit performances that were highlighted by a 3-for-5 day in the series finale at North Florida in which he blasted a pair of home runs to lead the Eagles to the road series-clinching victory.
The Eagles finished the season with a 37-20 record and their 19-8 mark in A-Sun was good for second place in the regular season. Fans can get updates and information on FGCU baseball by visiting by following the team on twitter @FGCU_Baseball.