FORT MYERS, Fla. – Rawlings, along with the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) announced its All-American and All-Region teams on Wednesday and FGCU ace right-hander Mike Murray has been named a Third Team All-American and a First Team member of the South All-Region Team, adding to his already impressive list of accomplishments in 2014.
“This is more great news for Mike,” head coach Dave Tollett added. “He works so hard and deserves all the accolades. We are extremely proud to have him as a member of our program.
2014 Murray Awards
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 (West Palm Beach, Fla./Forrest Hill HS) 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.
The Eagles finished the season with a 39-22 record and their 19-8 mark in the A-Sun earned the program a fourth A-Sun Regular Season Championship. Fans can get updates and information on FGCU baseball by visiting Facebook.com/FGCUBaseball or by following the team on twitter @FGCU_Baseball.