The Vanderbilt Baseball team defeated the Illinois State Redbirds in game two on Saturday afternoon; 3-2. (2/28/15)
Career Game Highs Hits: *3, last 3/3 vs. Evansville Runs:2, 2/27 vs. Illinois State RBI: 3, 2/27 vs. Illinois State Walks:2, 2/14 vs. Santa Clara G2 HRs:1, 3/3 vs. Evansville Strikeouts:3, 4/4 at Georgia Stolen Bases:*1, last 3/3 vs. Evansville
COACH CORBIN QUOTE:Penn continues to grow as a player in numerous ways after using his first year to redshirt. He possesses good athleticism with a strong arm and is capable of playing several infield positions while also giving us more depth in the outfield. He has really come on as an offensive player as he experienced a lot of growth during the summer and took it with him this fall. Hea?TMs a high achiever as a student.
2015 - 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-fof-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 2013-2014 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll. Murfee is majoring in economics.
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... Says Joseph Gordon-Levitt would play him in a movie... Chose Vanderbilt because of â?oegreat academics, great baseball and Coach Corbin.â??