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Duke Short Stop Ethan Murray Talks About Freshman Season and What Duke Means to Him

Not many players can go to an ACC school and start at shortstop as a freshman. But for Duke shortstop Ethan Murray, that wasn’t too much of a problem.

Murray is from Crozet, Virginia. He attended high school at Miller High School where he play varsity all four years as a pitcher and shortstop.

“Crozet has such a rich baseball culture especially in youth and high school baseball for such a small town,” Murray said. “I am really proud to contribute to that culture and hopefully continue to watch baseball in the town grow. I’m glad I am able to be a model for the up and coming players from Crozet. I also really enjoying being a person they can go to with questions about recruiting, how to improve their skill set or simply just suggestions on how to play the game and enjoy the experience.”

He committed to Duke prior to his junior season at Miller High School.

“Duke is such a unique combination of academics and elite athletics it was really hard to pass up such a special opportunity,” Murray said.

In all four seasons at Miller High, Murray hit .399 with 119 hits, 108 runs, 112 RBI’s, and 12 home runs.

Being on varsity for four years gave Murray the chance to play with many guys at the varsity level and learn from some older players.

“I had a very awesome chance to play with a teammate named Jack Morris during my freshman year of high school,” Murray said. “And ever since then I’ve tried to mold myself and the way I play the game and carry myself after what he did. He’s always been a role model to me and I’m really thankful for the impact he’s had on making me the player and person I am now.”

Jack Morris is an outfielder who currently attends North Greenville University. He played at Liberty University for one season before transferring to North Greenville.

Ethan Murray has started every game he has played in this season. Murray hit .305 with 61 hits, 48 runs, 40 RBIs, and 5 home runs.

“I think this year has definitely led to a great opportunity to mature as a player and a person,” Murray said. “Playing shortstop, especially at a power 5 school during my first year was not easy by any means. The first couple weeks were a big adjustment period. just getting used to the speed of the game and what was expected of me. It forced me to adapt and mature very quickly, which truly aided me a lot in the long run!”

After the regular season, Murray was named to the ACC All-Freshman Team.

“Being tabbed All-ACC freshman was definitely a special honor,” Murray said. “It was very exciting just to see the hard work and time I put in get recognized by people who’ve been around the game!”

In the ACC tournament, Murray was hit in his face by a fastball from Notre Dame’s Andrew Belcik. Murray was forced to have surgery to repair multiple sinus fractures.

This injury forced Murray to sit out of the Morgantown Regional. Duke defeated Texas A&M twice and West Virginia once to advance to the NCAA Nashville Super Regional.

Murray is expected to be back for the Super Regional. And Murray believes his team could make an NCAA Tournament run.

“Right now I’m very excited to see what we can do in the NCAA tournament,” Murray said. “I think we have been playing our best baseball over the past few weeks, and I’m hoping to carry that momentum through regionals and hopefully beyond!”

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