May 28, 2010

Murphy, Morlock Named All-South Region

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Wesley College's Kevin Murphy (Middletown, Md./Middletown) and Grant Morlock (Bel Air, Md./Fallston) were named to the American Baseball Coaches Association All-South Region team.

Murphy was named to the second team, while Morlock earned a place on the third team.  The two are the first Division III all-region honorees on record at Wesley.

Murphy earned the honor after a record setting season for the Wolverines.  The second baseman set single season marks in hits (71), runs batted in (63) and total bases (108).  The junior led in the Capital Athletic Conference in RBIs, stolen bases (22) and fielding double plays (36), was second in runs scored (58), total bases and hits, third batting average (.408), tied for third in home runs (7), fourth in slugging (.626) and assists (124).

Morlock capped his career with another fine season at third base as a senior.  He tied Wesley's single season record with 60 runs scored and led the CAC.  He was also fourth in the conference in batting average (.390) and on base percentage (.505), and tied for fourth in total bases (97), stolen bases (12) and walks (30). 

Both players were named first team All-CAC earlier in the spring for their efforts.

The two players also put their names all over the Wesley career record book.  The two are tied for the school record with 130 RBIs each.  Morlock, meanwhile, is the Wolverines' career leader in games played (160), runs scored (187), hits (198), triples (11), and walks (112).  Murphy is second to Morlock in runs (152) and hits (183) and needs just four doubles to tie the school record. 

The two were among CAC players honored on the team.  York (Pa.)'s Jason Christenberry won the region's Pitcher of the Year and was joined by Rick Shumway and Mike Connolly on the all-region team.  Salisbury placed Mike Celenza on the squad and Mary Washington's Will Wright and Eric Rehbein were also honored.

Murphy and Morlock led Wesley to a 29-13 record, the highest winning percentage in the school's Division III era (.690), a second place finish in the CAC regular season and postseason tournament and the ECAC Division III South Region Championship.