Collegiate Baseball honors Aggies' Murray

June 6, 2018

DAVIS, Calif. — Shortstop Tanner Murray became the second freshman in the program’s Division I era history to earn a spot on Collegiate Baseball’s Freshman All-America team as announced by the organization on Wednesday. 

Murray is the first Aggie newcomer to garner the award since Nick Lynch was named to the squad back in 2012.  

The Big West Freshman Field Player of the Year and second-team honoree enjoyed a breakout season for UC Davis, finishing second on the team in three different categories: batting average (.333), hits (64) and stolen bases (6-for-9). Stepping in at shortstop, Murray paced the defense with 157 assists across 50 appearances, making 45 starts. 

Season highlights included his 5-for-5 performance against Hawai’i and his walk-off homer against San Francisco on Apr. 24 that lifted UC Davis to a 12-inning victory over the Dons. With his effort at the plate vs. the Rainow Warriors, he became the eighth Aggie in the program’s Division I era to collect at least five hits in a game—just one shy of the single game record set by David Popkins at CSU Bakersfield in 2012—and tied the school record for doubles in a single game (3). 

Providing a small-town community feel while providing a world-class academic experience, UC Davis is home to more than 37,000 students and centrally located between San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, and the Napa Valley. The No. 6-ranked public university in the nation according to the Wall Street Journal, and among the top 10 public universities nationwide according to U.S. News and World Report, UC Davis offers nearly 100 graduate programs and more than 100 academic majors across four colleges and six professional schools, ranking among the world and nation's best in numerous disciplines, including veterinary science, agriculture, and animal science programs.

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