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Kacey Murphy
Kacey Murphy

#21 Kacey Murphy

LHP | Junior | 6-0 | 200 | Rogers, Ark. / Rogers Heritage HS

As a Sophomore (2017)
>>> SEC All-Tournament Team

Made 19 appearances with 10 starts, compiling a career-best 3.65 ERA over 49.1 innings … Struck out 68 batters and gave up just 20 earned runs with 21 walks … His strikeout total was third-best on the team and he was one of only two Hog pitchers to throw a complete game …  Earned five wins on the year, one coming against an SEC opponent in the SEC Tournament (vs. Florida – May 27) … Against the top-seeded Gators in the SEC Tournament semifinals, he threw a complete seven innings, allowing just two hits and striking out eight … Earned a win in his first collegiate start, going five innings against ULM (March 8) and striking out nine … Struck out a career-high 10 batters in four innings against Grand Canyon (April 5), his fourth start of the year … Pitched a career-high seven innings and gave up just one hit against Memphis (April 19) in North Little Rock, while striking out seven … Threw 8.2 innings in two starts in the NCAA Fayetteville Regional, allowing five earned runs against Oral Roberts (June 4) and Missouri State (June 5) … Threw 74 pitches in 3.2 innings in the start against the Golden Eagles and was able to go five innings the next day against the Bears, throwing 81 pitches … Struck out six or more batters in seven of his 10 starts (vs. ULM – March 8; vs. Alcorn State – March 15; vs. Grand Canyon – April 5; vs. Memphis – April 19; vs. Florida – May 27; vs. Oral Roberts – June 4; vs. Missouri State – June 5) … Named to SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll.

As a Freshman (2016)
Made 14 appearances, compiling an 8.49 ERA over 11.2 innings … Gave up 16 hits and 11 earned runs … Totaled 14 strikeouts and only nine walks … Made four appearances in SEC play, coming against No. 12 South Carolina (March 18), Auburn (March 26), Missouri (April 3), and No. 2 Texas A&M (May 1) … Gave up one earned run or less against the Gamecocks and Aggies … Was a strong arm out of the bullpen early in the season, making six appearances over the first month and only allowing two earned runs in 5.0 innings, while striking out four … Struck out a season-high five batters against Missouri State (May 17), which was also his longest outing of the year (2.1 innings) … Made first career appearance against Central Michigan (Feb. 19) in a 6-1 victory.

Rogers Heritage High School
Played for head coach Keith Kilgore … Earned All-Conference, 7A All-State and 7A All-State Tournament honors in 2014 … Named to the All-NWA Media team in 2014 after going 6-3 on the mound with a 2.46 earned run average and 85 strikeouts in 54 innings of work … State runner-up as a freshman … Member of the National Honor Society … Most memorable athletic moment was winning the USSSA World Series.

Personal
Born on Jan. 21, 1997 … Son of Rick and Cynthia Murphy … Has one brother, Austin … Sport management major and minoring in psychology.