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Murphy Making Most of World Series Opportunity
2:15 P.M. FRIDAY, OCT. 29, 2010

DAVID KAYE

Former Baylor baseball player David Murphy (BU 2001-03) became the first Baylor alum to play in the World Series since 1987 when Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington called on him as a pinch hitter in the top of the sixth inning in game 1 of the 2010 Fall Classic.

Murphy came through with a RBI single, cutting the Giants lead to 8-4, but the Rangers weren't able to cut further into the deficit, falling 11-4. The RBI was the first ever by a former Baylor player in the World Series.

Murphy was got the starting nod in left field for game 2, and though he went 0-for-3, he drew a walk in the ninth inning. With the start, Murphy became the first former Bear position player to start a game in the World Series.

Dave Danforth (White Sox) pitched in relief in game 4 of the 1917 series. Mule Watson (New York Giants) started game 1 of the 1923 series on the mound and earned a save in relief in game three of the 1924 series. Ted Uhlaender (Cincinnati Reds) was used as a pinch hitter in games 1, 2, 5 and 7 of the 1972 series. Lee Tunnell (St. Louis Cardinals) came out of the bullpen in games 2 and 6 of the 1987 series.

While he's certainly enjoying the chance to play in the World Series, Murphy is also taking advantage of the opportunity to be heard on a national stage. The CBN video below features numerous members of the Texas Rangers and San Francisco Giants talking about their faith. Murphy appears at the 2:49 mark.

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With Postseason Duo, Baylor Baseball Among Nation's Best
4:50 P.M. TUESDAY, OCT. 19, 2010

DAVID KAYE

For the first time ever, two former Baylor baseball players played in the same Major League Baseball postseason. Kelly Shoppach of the Tampa Bay Rays (BU 1999-2001) and David Murphy of the Texas Rangers (BU 2001-03) both saw action in the 2010 MLB playoffs.

Murphy's Rangers defeated Shoppach's Rays in five games in the American League Division Series, and though Shoppach played in three of the five games and Murphy saw action in two contests, the duo never played in the same game.

However, Shoppach and Murphy are one of just three duos of former college teammates to compete against each other during the 2010 postseason. Tommy Hunter (Rangers) and David Robertson (Yankees) both played at Alabama, and Joba Chamberlain (Yankees) and Brian Duensing (Minnesota Twins) were on the same team at Nebraska.

In fact, Baylor is one of only 11 collegiate programs in the nation with multiple players competing in the 2010 MLB postseason. Here's the full list:

  • Alabama (Tommy Hunter & David Robertson)
  • Arkansas (Eric Hinske & Cliff Lee)
  • Baylor (David Murphy & Kelly Shoppach)
  • Florida (Darren O'Day & David Ross)
  • Florida State (Randy Choate, Matt Diaz & Buster Posey)
  • LSU (Mike Fontenot & Brian Wilson)
  • Miami (Pat Burrell, Aubrey Huff & Danny Valencia)
  • Nebraska (Joba Chamberlain, Brian Duensing & Dan Johnson)
  • Oklahoma (Jason Bartlett & Greg Dobbs)
  • Rice (Lance Berkman, Paul Janish & Jeff Niemann)
  • UCLA (Ben Francisco, Troy Glaus & Chase Utley)

What do 10 of those 11 universities have in common? They've been to the College World Series at least once in the last six seasons. Alabama is the odd program out, with its last CWS appearance in 1999, but the Crimson Tide came within one win of going to Omaha in 2010.

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Murphy's Home Run Makes Baylor History
2:55 P.M. MONDAY, OCT. 18, 2010

DAVID KAYE

Former Baylor baseball All-American David Murphy (BU 2001-03) made a bit of history on Saturday when he hit a solo home run in the second inning of the Texas Rangers 7-2 win over the New York Yankees in game two of the 2010 American League Championship Series.

Murphy's blast was the first-ever MLB postseason home run by a Baylor alum. It was also the first time a Baylor alum has scored twice in a MLB postseason game and the first-ever RBI.

Click here to watch a video of Murphy's homer.

Also of note, the 2010 American League Division Series that pitted the Rangers against the Tampa Bay Rays was the first time two former Bears played in the same game of a postseason series. Even though a former Baylor player saw action in all five games of the series, Kelly Shoppach and Murphy didn't both play in any single game. Shoppach played games 1, 2 and 5, while Murphy played in games 3 and 4.

Here's a list of former Bears and how they performed in the MLB postseason:

Dave Danforth - Chicago White Sox - 1917 World Series: 1 G, 1.0 IP, 2 ER

Mule Watson - New York Giants - 1923 World Series: 1 G, 2.0 IP, 3 ER
Mule Watson - New York Giants - 1924 World Series: 1 G, 0.2 IP, 0 ER

Ted Uhlaender
- Minnesota Twins - 1969 ALCS: 2 G, 1-for-6
Ted Uhlaender - Cincinnati Reds - 1972 NLCS: 2 G, 1-for-2
Ted Uhlaender - Cincinnati Reds - 1972 World Series: 1-for-4, double

Lee Tunnell - St. Louis Cardinals - 1987 World Series: 2 G, 4.1 IP, 1 ER

Kelly Shoppach - Cleveland Indians - 2007 ALDS: 1 G, 2-for-3, 2 doubles, run
Kelly Shoppach - Cleveland Indians - 2007 ALCS: 1 G, 1-for-3
Kelly Shoppach - Tampa Bay Rays - 2010 ALDS: 3 G, 0-for-9, walk

David Murphy - Texas Rangers - 2010 ALDS: 2 G, 1-for-7
David Murphy - Texas Rangers - 2010 ALCS: 2 G: 2-for-5, double, home run, 2 runs, 2 RBI

Tip of the cap to former Baylor baseball SID Jeff Brown (of @BaylorProud on Twitter) for his assistance.

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Coaches Select Series Stats
11:00 A.M. FRIDAY, OCT. 15, 2010

DAVID KAYE

Josh Ludy's second home run of the day came as a walk-off in the 10th inning, as the Green Team won the inaugural Coaches Select Series with a 5-3 win in game three. Here are the stats from each of the three games:

GAME ONE (Tuesday, Oct. 12)
GOLD TEAM
Logan Vick: 3-for-5, R
Landis Ware: 0-for-5
Max Muncy: 1-for-4, BB
Joey Hainsfurther: 0-for-5
Cal Towey: 0-for-4, BB
Josh Ludy: 0-for-4, R
Jake Miller: 3-for-4, 2B, R
Steve DalPorto: 2-for-4, R
Chris Slater: 1-for-2, 2 BB, R

Max Garner: 4.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K
Tom Filip: 4.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K

GREEN TEAM
Lawton Langford: 1-for-4
Nathan Orf: 1-for-4
Josh Turley: 2-for-4
Dan Evatt: 0-for-4
Trae Davis: 0-for-4
Abel Baker: 0-for-2, 2 BB
Taylor Alspaugh: 1-for-4, SB
Grayson Porter: 1-for-2, BB
Nate Goodwin: 0-for-3

Brooks Pinckard: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 3 BB, 5 K
Tyler Bremer: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K

GAME TWO (Wednesday, Oct. 13)
GOLD TEAM
Logan Vick: 2-for-5, R
Landis Ware: 0-for-3
Max Muncy: 2-for-4, SB
Jake Miller: 1-for-4, R
Cal Towey: 0-for-3
Josh Ludy: 2-for-4, 2B. RBI
Abel Baker: 0-for-3, BB
Steve DalPorto: 0-for-3, BB
Brooks Pinckard: 0-for-3

Doug Ashby: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Miles Landry: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 4 K

GREEN TEAM
Nate Goodwin: 0-for-3, BB, R
Nathan Orf: 2-for-4, R
Joey Hainsfurther: 2-for-4, RBI
Chris Slater: 2-for-4, 2B, R, RBI
Dan Evatt: 1-for-4, R
Josh Turley: 1-for-3, BB, RBI
Taylor Alspaugh: 0-for-3
Grayson Porter: 1-for-4, RBI
Lawton Langford: 2-for-3

Josh Turley: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K
Dillon Newman: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

GAME THREE (Thursday, Oct. 13)
GOLD TEAM
Logan Vick: 1-for-4, BB, RBI
Landis Ware: 0-for-5, RBI
Max Muncy: 1-for-3, BB, 2B
Joey Hainsfurther: 0-for-3
Josh Turley: 0-for-2, 2 BB, R
Jake Miller: 1-for-4
Cal Towey: 0-for-2, HBP
Steve DalPorto: 1-for-3, BB, R, RBI
Brooks Pinckard: 1-for-4, R

Crayton Bare: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Ross Speed: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 5 K
Josh Michalec: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K
Sean Spicer: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K

GREEN TEAM
Nate Goodwin: 0-for-4
Nathan Orf: 2-for-3, 2 BB, 2 R, SB
Chris Slater: 2-for-5, R
Dan Evatt: 0-for-4
Abel Baker: 1-for-2, 2 BB
Josh Ludy: 3-for-5, 2B, 2 HR, 2 R, 5 RBI
Taylor Alspaugh: 0-for-3, BB
Grayson Porter: 0-for-4
Lawton Langford: 0-for-5

Trent Blank: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R 1 BB, 4 K
Brad Kuntz: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 1 K
Kolt Browder: 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

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Baseball to Hold Inaugural Coaches Select Series
2:45 P.M. MONDAY, OCT. 11, 2010

DAVID KAYE

The Baylor baseball team will hold its inaugural Coaches Select Series Tuesday through Thursday this week. The Coaches Select Series is a trio of intrasqaud games pitting a team of some of the Bears' top hitters against a team of some of the top pitchers.

Games on Tuesday and Wednesday will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday's series finale is slated for a 4 p.m. first pitch. All three games of the Coaches Select Series are open to the public, and there is no charge for admission.

Here are the lineups, as well as the pitchers expected to see action in each game (all lineups are subject to change):

GAME ONE (Tuesday, Oct. 12, 6 p.m.)
GOLD TEAM
Logan Vick, LF
Landis Ware, SS
Max Muncy, 1B
Joey Hainsfurther, DH
Cal Towey, RF
Josh Ludy, C
Jake Miller, 3B
Steve DalPorto, 2B
Chris Slater, CF
Pitchers: Max Garner, Tom Filip, Kolt Browder

GREEN TEAM
Lawton Langford, SS
Nathan Orf, 3B
Josh Turley, CF
Dan Evatt, LF
Trae Davis, DH
Abel Baker, C
Taylor Alspaugh, 1B
Grayson Porter, RF
Nate Goodwin, 2B
Pitchers: Brooks Pinckard, Tyler Bremer

GAME TWO (Wednesday, Oct. 13, 6 p.m.)
GOLD TEAM
Logan Vick, LF
Landis Ware, SS
Max Muncy, 1B
Joey Hainsfurther, C
Jake Miller, 3B
Cal Towey, RF
Josh Ludy, DH
Steve DalPorto, 2B
Brooks Pinckard, CF
Pitchers: Doug Ashby, Miles Landry, Ross Speed

GREEN TEAM
Nate Goodwin, 2B
Nathan Orf, 3B
Chris Slater, CF
Dan Evatt, LF
Trae Davis, DH
Abel Baker, C
Taylor Alspaugh, 1B
Grayson Porter, RF
Lawton Langford, SS
Pitchers: Josh Turley, Dillon Newman

GAME THREE (Thursday, Oct. 13, 4 p.m.)
GOLD TEAM
Logan Vick, LF
Landis Ware, SS
Max Muncy, 1B
Joey Hainsfurther, DH
Jake Miller, 3B
Cal Towey, RF
Josh Ludy, C
Steve DalPorto, 2B
Brooks Pinckard, CF
Pitchers: Crayton Bare, Sean Spicer, Josh Michalec

GREEN TEAM
Nate Goodwin, 2B
Nathan Orf, 3B
Chris Slater, CF
Dan Evatt, LF
Abel Baker, C
Trae Davis, DH
Taylor Alspaugh, 1B
Grayson Porter, RF
Lawton Langford, SS
Pitchers: Trent Blank, Brad Kuntz, Trae Davis

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