Six earn presigious President's Council Academic Award
Southern Illinois stranded eight runners in scoring position.
SIU committed a season-high five errors, and Missouri State capitalized, scoring four runs or more in three separate innings.
SIU's 10 runs were enough to withstand the Governor's five runs in the final two innings.
SIU recorded a season-best 20 hits to avoid being swept on the road.
Pitched primarily in middle relief...Made 19 relief appearances, tied for third-most on the team...Made seven appearances in conference games, tied for second-most on the team...Finished his career with 84 appearances, fifth-most in school history...Allowed only one run in his first 15.2 innings of the season...Threw a season-high 3.0 innings and recorded a season-high three strikeouts on 2/28 vs. Northern Illinois and on 4/15 vs. UT Martin...Earned a win on 2/18 with two scoreless innings at Austin Peay.
Made 21 relief appearances...Tied for the team lead with four wins...Posted a 2.79 ERA with a .206 opposing batting average in six conference appearances, spanning 19.1 innings...Did not allow an earned run in his first five appearances of the year...Recorded a 1.08 ERA in 16.2 innings through his first 10 games...Fourth on the team and tops among SIU relievers with 44.0 innings pitched...Pitched longer than one inning in 14 of his 21 appearances...Threw a season-high 4.0 innings against Wichita State on 4/27...Allowed an earned run in only eight of his appearances...Finished the season with 65 career appearances, four away from joining the school's top 10 list...Allowed one run in 3.0 innings in the MVC Tournament.
Made 28 relief apparances, tied for the team lead with Tyler Dray and eighth most in the MVC...Threw 59.0 innings, fifth most on the team and most by a reliever...His 16 walks were the sixth lowest in the conference among pitchers averaging at least one inning pitched per game...Made eight relief appearances of 3.0 innings or more...Made two relief appearances of 4.0 innings or more...Tossed 2.2 scoreless, hitless innings to earn a road win against No. 19 ranked Stetson on 3/3...Threw a career-high 4.2 innings in relief on 4/13 at Dallas Baptist...Earned a three-inning save on 5/17 vs. IPFW...Posted a 3.12 ERA in seven regular season conference games...Struck out a season-high three batters on 5/23 in the second round of the MVC Tournament against Bradley...Appeared in three of SIU's four MVC Tournament games and threw 4.0 scoreless innings in relief.
Made 16 relief appearances on the season and had a 4.22 ERA...Recorded one save at Indiana State, May 20, when he threw two hitless innings with two strikeouts in a 9-7 Saluki victory...Had 20 strikeouts against 10 walks in 32.0 innings pitched...Gave up 39 hits, 20 runs and 15 earned runs on the year...Threw a season-high 4.0 innings at No. 7 South Carolina, Feb. 25, when he allowed just two hits and no earned runs...Had a season-high four strikeouts in 2.2 innings vs. Le Moyne, March 9...Walked just two batters over his last seven relief appearances on the season (12.1 innings)...Went two innings or longer in 10 of his 16 appearances.
Prior to SIU: Led Grayslake Central High School to a third place finish at state in 2009 by winning both of his starts in the playoffs...Had a 4-3 overall record as a junior with a 1.55 ERA and 44 strikeouts against just 10 walks...Voted the Rookie of the Year by his teammates and coaches as a junior...Compiled a 1-1 record on the mound as a sophomore...Also played four years of basketball.
Personal:Full name is Matthew Mark Murphy...Born on July 9, 1992...Son of Mark and Heidi Murphy...Father is an engineer and mother is a flight attendant...Has one sister, Shaun...Majoring in biological sciences...Went to the same high school as fellow Saluki pitcher Aaron Snyder.