Steve Murphy - Baseball Big 12 Player of the Week

Manhattan - Kansas State junior Steve Murphy was selected as the Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Baseball Player of the Week in voting by a panel of media covering Big 12 baseball for games played May 3-9. It is the second career Big 12 Player of the Week honor for Murphy and the second straight for a Kansas State player after Chase Mitchell earned weekly pitching honors last week.

Joining Murphy as Co-Pitchers of the Week as selected by the league were Don Czyz of Kansas and Will Savage of Oklahoma.

Murphy led Kansas-State to two wins last week with a 9-for-13 (.692) showing that included four homers, three doubles, eight RBI, and an impressive 1.846 slugging percentage. In a midweek win over Washburn, Murphy was 4-for-6 with two homers, four RBI and five runs. Then against Oklahoma, he went 2-for-4 with a homer and two runs scored in an 8-5 win. He then followed that with a 3-for-3 day with three RBI, three runs and his team-leading 10th homer of the season last Saturday in an 11-inning loss to the Sooners before not playing in the series finale due to an injury.

So far this season, Murphy is hitting a team-best .352 with 10 homers, 42 RBI and 18 doubles. Murphy is ninth in the Big 12 in hitting at .352, ninth in homers with 10, first in doubles with 18 and sixth in slugging at .636. In Big 12 games only, Murphy is fifth in the conference in hitting at .367, second in hits with 29, tied for first in runs scored with 22, third in doubles with nine and fifth in slugging at .595.

Murphy's honor is the third this season for a Wildcat after Mitchell and senior Terry Blunt each took the honor previously this season. K-State returns to action Friday as it hosts Northern Colorado in a non-conference series. First pitch on Friday is set for 7 p.m.

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