Outlook for 2007: Settled down the second half of the 2006 season and became a steady, everyday shortstop for the Tigers. Expect a breakout year from Michael as his familiarity with conference and the speed of the game at this level will be more consistent. Coaches like the quiet way he approaches the game everyday.
2006 (Junior): 2006 C-USA All-Tournament Team selection...Hit .538 (7-for-13) in the C-USA Tournament...Was Memphis' everyday shortstop in 2006...Made 55 starts in 59 appearances...Struggled early adjusting to Division I pitching, but settled in to hit .302 on the year...Collected 62 hits...Scored 46 runs and drove in 30 more...Roped seven doubles...Third on the squad with 11 stolen bases...Hit .500 with the bases loaded...Stepped up with 14 two-out RBI...Had 19 multi-hit outings and produced two or more RBI in eight contests...Was 4-for-5 with a pair of RBI in a 9-8, 10-inning win at Marshall (4/9/06)...Went 2-for-4 with a bases loaded triple in the season finale against Rice (5/27/06)...Ended the year on a five-game hit streak.
Meridian Community College: 2005 American Baseball Coaches Association JUCO Player of the Year...2005 NJCAA National Athlete of the Year...2005 Junior College First Team All-American...All-Region XXIII, All-District and MACJC First team All-State performer...Hit .524 (MCC single-season record) with an .810 slugging percentage, 61 RBI, 60 runs, 23 doubles, eight home runs and four triples...Was 13-15 in stolen bases as a sophomore at MCC...Set school records for single-season hits (98), singles (63) and highest on-base percentage (.578)...Was hit 10 times...2004: Hit .406 with 49 singles, 38 RBI, 19 doubles, four homers and 18 stolen bases in 2004...Had 76 hits and scored 52 runs...2004 NJCAA All-Star...Also earned All-Region honors at MCC...Was hit 16 times...Helped MCC to back-to-back Region XXIII titles...Finished juco career with a .452 batting average, 174 hits, 42 doubles and 10 triples-all of which are career records at MCC.
Prep: Was a 5A state MVP, All-State and All-District selection at shortstop at Catholic High School in Baton Rouge, La.
Personal: Full name is Michael John Murray...Son of John and Barbara Murray...Played his freshman season at MCC for current Tiger assistant coach Michael Federico...Signed with LSU out of high school...Batted .391, with 54 hits, 28 RBI, 27 runs scored and 15 doubles for the DuBois County Bombers of the Central Illinois Collegiate League in the summer of 2005...Started in 36 of the 38 games he appeared in...Blasted a pair of home runs and was 3-for-4 in stolen bases...Majoring in biology.