Vanderbilt played Virginia in the third game of the CWS finals at TD Ameritrade Park. (Joe Howell)
Career Game Highs Hits: *3, last 3/13 vs. Xavier Runs: *2, last 3/11 vs. Xavier RBI: *3, last 4/2 vs. South Carolina Walks: *2, last 5/23/15 vs. Texas A&M HRs: 1, 3/3/15 vs. Evansville Strikeouts: *3, last 3/25 at Missouri Stolen Bases: *1, last 3/12 vs. Xavier
COACH CORBIN QUOTE:Serious, driven and timely are the words that come to mind when speaking of Penn. In a utility role, Penn came up with some very big hits for our team. Penn has very good arm strength, a very good baseball acumen and an offensive game that is continually improving. His toughness and athleticism allowed him to win his first Omaha Challenge this fall.
2016 - Moved runners into scoring position in winning rally with pinch hit groundout vs. Kentucky 4/16... Went 0-for-3 in win at LSU 4/9 to slide into 0-for-12 slump... Went 0-for-5 in loss at LSU 4/7... Went 0-for-4 in win vs. Lipscomb 4/5... Three RBI in win vs. South Carolina 4/2 matched career-high, going 2-for-3... Matched a career-high with three strikeouts in win at Missouri 3/25... Drove in a run for the second straight game in loss at Middle Tennessee 3/22... Knocked in two runs in win over Mississippi State 3/20... Doubled in four at-bats vs. Mississippi State 3/19... Started his fifth straight game at 1B going 1-for-4 in loss to Mississippi State 3/18... Scored a run in win over NIU 3/15... Matched his career-high with three hits in win against Xavier 3/13 with his first triple of the season... Two RBI-singles pushed hitting streak to six games vs. Xavier 3/12... Extended hitting streak to five games with two-hit game vs. Xavier 3/11... Doubled in lone at-bat off the bench in win over Radford 3/9... Drove in two runs with a single in win vs. Radford 3/8, RBI in three straight games... Singled in a run in second straight game in victory at Stanford 3/6... Earned his first career start at 1B in win at Stanford 3/3 going 1-for-4 with a RBI... Singled in scored in win over UIC 2/28... Grounded out as a pinch hitter vs. UIC 2/27... Singled against EIU 2/24 for his third hit in as many at-bats on the season... Singled twice off the bench in win over San Diego 2/21 playing 1B for first time in career... Made season debut in win over San Diego 2/20, drawing a walk.
2015 - Came off the bench to go 0-for-2 in NCAA Regional championship game vs. Radford 6/1... Went 0-for-3 with a walk in SEC Tournament Championship game vs. Florida 5/24... Drove in a run and went 0-for-2 in SEC Tournament win over Texas A&M 5/23... Started at 2B vs. Alabama 5/22 going 1-for-5 with a run scored... Came off the bench to go 0-for-2 in loss to Texas A&M 5/21 at SEC Tournament... Pinch hit single scored tying run in SEC Tournament win over Missouri 5/20... Walked as a pinch hitter in win at Louisville 5/12... Came off the bench to single as a pinch hitter in loss at Belmont 4/28... Started at DH going 0-for-4 with a career-high three strikeouts at Georgia 4/4... Drove in a run despite going 0-for-4 in win vs. Tennessee 3/27... Knocked in a run going 1-for-4 in win vs. Tennessee Tech 3/17... Went 0-for-3 in win over Arkansas 3/15... Occupied the leadoff spot for the first time going 0-for-3 with a run scored in win vs. Quinnipiac 3/11... Ripped a pinch hit double down the left field line to score a run vs. Quinnipiac 3/10... Singled in loss at USC 3/7... Went 0-for-3 in win at UCLA 3/6... Launched his first career home run in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game as Dores came back to beat Evansville 3/3, also matched career-high with three hits... Came off the bench to score a run and drive in the tying run in come-from-behind win over Illinois State 3/1... Singled and stole a base in win over Illinois State 2/28... Drove in a career-best three runs going 2-for-6 with a double and triple in win over Illinois State 2/27... Went 0-for-2 in win over Western Kentucky 2/25... Knocked in a run going 2-for-4 with a double in win over UT-Martin 2/24... Flew out four times in win over Indiana State 2/22 in Port Charlotte, Fla. in first start at second base... Went 0-for-3 as the DH in loss to Indiana State 2/21... Started at third base vs. Indiana State 2/20 in Port Charlotte, Fla. going 0-for-2... Earned his first career start for his collegiate debut against Santa Clara 2/14 in game two of doubleheader going a perfect 3-for-3 with a double, RBI and two walks.
HIGH SCHOOL - Played for historic Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville... Team finished as state runner-up in 2013... Named first team All-State as a senior... Lettered in baseball, basketball and swimming and diving... Finished fifth at the state diving meet in 2013... Played summer ball with teammates Karl Ellison and Jordan Sheffield... High school teammates with Brennan Washington (Belmont) and Myles Pasley (Evansville).
ACADEMICS - Murfee was named to the 2015 Spring SEC Academic Honor Roll and also the 2013-2014 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll. Murfee is majoring in economics with a minor in Chinese and finance.
PERSONAL - William Penn Murfee... Born 5/2/94 in Nashville... Son of John and Alison... Has one brother, Jack... Father swam at Vanderbilt and brother swam at Virginia... Favorites include Dustin Pedroia (baseball player), Atlanta Braves (baseball team), Call of Duty 4 (video game), Layer Cake and Fight Club (movies), Emma Watson and Tom Hardy (actress and actor), steak and potatoes (meal), Wu Tang Clan (musicians), Taco Bell (late night snack), Florida (vacation spot)... Roommates with Ro Coleman and Liam Sabino... Says Joseph Gordon-Levitt would play him in a movie... Recipient of the Monroe Carell Jr. Baseball Scholarship... Chose Vanderbilt because of “great academics, great baseball and Coach Corbin.”