On Murphy: Arguably the best hitter on the team ... emerged as one of the best power hitters in the ACC in 2008 ... comes up big in big moments and has a knack for driving in key runs ... mixes power with good speed ... reliable presence in the middle of the lineup, starting every game the last two seasons ... also an excellent third baseman ... top pro prospect on the team ... played in prestigious Cape Cod Summer League last summer ... excellent student ... two-time member of ACC's All-Academic Team.
As a Junior (2008): Started all 56 of the team's games, all but five coming at third base ... led the Terps in home runs (13), RBIs (42), slugging percentage (.534), runs (44) and total bases (109) ... finished among the ACC leaders in home runs ... first Terp to hit double-digit homers since 2005 ... 2-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI in win against Hofstra (2/29) ... 3-for-5 with a home run and three runs scored against Hofstra (3/1) ... 3-for-4 with a homer and four RBIs in win at Wake Forest, coming a single shy of hitting for the cycle (3/14) ... 2-for-4 with a home run in win at Old Dominion (3/18) ... hit two home runs and scored three times in win at William & Mary (3/19) ... 3-for-4 with homer and two RBIs at Virginia Tech (4/5) ... 3-for-5 with three RBIs against Virginia (4/11) ... 3-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored at UMBC (4/15) ... 2-for-5 with a home run in win against Georgia Tech (4/19) ... hit two home runs and drove in five runs in victory at Duke (4/25) ... 2-for-4 with a home run against NC State (5/10).
As a Sophomore (2007): Started every game at third base, the only player on the squad to make all 56 starts ... finished second on the team in batting average, hitting .309 ... led all Terps with 17 doubles, and was second with five home runs ... was 2-for-4 with an RBI in loss at Winthrop (2/9) ... was 3-for-3 with a home run in win at NC State (3/10) ... was 3-for-4 with a homer in loss to NC State (March 11) ... finished day 3-for-5 in loss to JMU (3/13) ... was 2-for-4 with four RBI, three coming on a home run, in win against VCU (3/21) ... homered in win over William & Mary (3/27) ... was 3-for-3 in loss to Georgia Tech (3/31) ... went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in loss to GT (4/1) ... had an RBI in win over UMBC (4/3) ... was 3-for-4 against Boston College (4/13) ... finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs against UMES (4/18) ... went 2-for-2 with an RBI in win against West Virginia (5/8).
As a Freshman (2006): Started 47 games, all but one at third base ... led all true freshmen in hitting at .290, doubles with 13, RBIs with 22 and stolen bases with eight ... also belted two home runs ... was 2-for-5 with the bases loaded ...was 1-for-2 with an RBI vs. Gardner-Webb (2/17) ... went 1-for-4 with a double and two RBI in win over Jacksonville (2/25) ... finished 2-for-4 with a stolen base and two runs at Duke (3/4) ... was 2-for-6 with two runs and a steal in the series finale with the Blue Devils (3/5) ... had a 2-for-4 effort with one double, a run and an RBI in his first career game against Florida State (3/10) ... was 2-for-4 with a double and sac bunt vs. Mt. St. Mary's (3/15) ... hit his first career home run, a game-tying grand slam to center field in the third inning in series opener against UNC (3/17) ... went 2-for-4 and scored once in a one-run win over Miami (3/25) ... finished 2-for-5 with a double and a run vs. Georgia Tech (3/31) ... was 1-for-3 including an RBI double and a run in 6-3 win over Yellow Jackets (4/1) ... capped a productive series vs. Tech with 2-for-4 effort and an RBI in finale (4/2) ... RBI single with two outs in the ninth broke shutout against Clemson in series opener (4/7) ... went 2-for-4 with a double, RBI and run scored against ODU (4/11) ... had a career-high three hits, including a solo home run, in series finale with Wake Forest (4/23) ... was 2-for-3 with a sacrifice fly and two stolen bases vs. Delaware State (4/25) ... finished 2-for-3 with three runs the following day against Towson (4/26) ... had two hits, including a double, in two-at bats and scored twice against GW (5/3) ... went 2-for-5 with a double in series opener against BC (5/5) ... had two hits in four at-bats with a walk, run and pair of RBI the following day vs. the Eagles (5/6) ... was 1-for-2 with a double, two walks and three runs in victory at WVU (5/9) ... combined to go 3-for-7 with a double and an RBI in a doubleheader vs. UMES (5/10) ... finished the year strong, going 2-for-3 with a double against Coppin St. (5/11).
At Georgetown Prep: A four-year letterwinner at third base for the Little Hoyas ... was honorable mention all-Met in 2005 ... named all-county his senior and junior years ... was a three-time all-IAC selection ... team won league championship in 2002 ... a lifetime .400 hitter ... stole over 50 career bases ... also compiled a .600 career on-base percentage ... also played basketball and football one year each.
Personal: Born in Frankfurt, Germany ... son of Joe and Sandy Murphy ... has one younger brother, John ... member of SAAC ... huge Washington Redskins fan ... favorite athlete is Cal Ripken Jr. ... enjoys fishing and hunting ... majoring in finance ... plans to attend law school.
Murphy's Career Batting Statistics
Year Avg. GP/GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI Slug.% BB SO SB 2006 .290 50/47 176 28 51 13 0 2 22 .398 15 32 8 2007 .309 56/56 217 38 67 17 0 5 38 .456 28 32 5 2008 .289 56/56 204 44 59 9 1 13 42 .534 21 39 4 Totals .296 162/159 597 110 177 39 1 20 102 .466 64 103 17
Murphy's Career Game Highs
Hits: 3, 11 times, last at UMBC (4/15/08)
RBI: 4, four times, last at Duke (4/25/08)
Runs: 3, seven times, last at William & Mary (3/19/08)
Stolen Bases: 2, vs. Delaware St. (4/25/06)