As a Freshman (2009): Played in 34 games, making 15 starts ... ranked fifth on the team with a .297 batting average ... fourth on the team with a .459 slugging percentage ... recorded first career hit at George Mason, a bunt single (3/24) ... went 2-for-4 with a double and triple in first career start against UMBC (3/25) ... 2-for-4 with double against Florida State (3/29) ... 2-for-4 with pair of RBI singles against UMES (4/1) ... two-run single against Virginia Tech (4/10) ... 3-for-6 with two doubles and two runs scored against Mount St. Mary's (4/14) ... 3-for-5 with career-high three RBI in win against Duke (4/19) ... 2-for-4 with first career home run in win against James Madison (4/28) ... hit game-tying, two-run triple in win at Clemson (5/3) ... 1-for-1 with 1 RBI as a pinch hitter in win against Wake Forest (5/8) ... 1-for-1 with two RBI in win against Wake Forest (5/10).
At Paul VI Catholic: Played three years of baseball for the Panthers, primarily at second base ... "Washington Post" First-Team All-Met as senior ... first-team all-state in Virginia as a senior, as well ... Co-State Player of the Year in 2008 ... First-Team All-WCAC and most valuable player of his team as a senior ... 2008 "Baseball America" District 2 All-American ... team was state champion in 2008 and No. 12 high school team in the nation ... Third-Team All-WCAC in 2007 and honorable mention in 2006 ... two-time academic all-state selection ... graduated with a 3.9 GPA ... honor roll student every quarter, graduating with high honors.
Personal: Matthew Murakami ... son of Dean and Pat Murakami ... has a brother, Ryan, and sister, Isabelle ... has done volunteer work with Special Olympics ... scored in the top 0.5 percentile of Math Olympiads ... biggest sports thrill is winning state championship in baseball ... favorite athlete is Ichiro Suzuki ... enjoys playing Xbox 360, listening to music and playing ping pong ... craziest ambition is to swim with sharks ... chose Maryland for the baseball program and academic reputation ... also recruited by Coastal Carolina, Villanova, Richmond, Dartmouth and Columbia.
Murakami's Career Statistics
Year Avg. GP/GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI Slug.% BB SO SB 2009 .297 34/15 74 17 22 5 2 1 19 .459 3 10 1
Murakami's Career Highs
Hits: 3, twice, last vs. Duke (4/19/09)