“I loved it. It was a good atmosphere. It was a lot of fun,” Murphy said. “There were a lot of California guys there, so it almost felt like home I guess you could say. Competing against guys who are probably going to be potential pro ballplayers was my favorite part. Basically everybody I faced was top notch.”
Murphy played in 36 games for the Cavaliers, making 31 starts. He hit .234 and drove in 12 runs while scoring 16 of his own.
But it was his defense that earned him high recognition. Murphy committed one error in 248 chances at first base. His .996 fielding percentage set a school record and he was named to the Sooner Athletic Conference Gold Glove team.
Murphy’s off-field activities were arguably more impressive. A finance major, who hopes to become a financial advisor or start his own business if a professional baseball career isn‘t in his future, Murphy made the Dean’s list at SGU.
He also spent time reading to elementary school kids and cleaning up areas that had been ravaged by tornadoes in the past, which had never been cleaned up.
SGU selected him for the Male Athlete Service and Character Award based on his sportsmanship and community service.