ORONO, Maine — Chris Murphy, pitcher for Billerica High School in Massachusetts, has given a verbal commitment to continue his baseball career at the University of Maine.
The 6-foot-4, 260-pound right-hander, who will be a senior next season, reportedly made his decision recently while making an unofficial visit to Orono.
“I’m really excited with the school, it’s a great fit,” Murphy told ESPNBoston.com. “The facilities at Maine are next to none, the coaches are great, and they gave me a great offer, which really convinced me to go to Maine.”
Murphy, who will receive scholarship money from UMaine, said he also had been entertaining offers from UMass Lowell, which has joined the Black Bears in the America East Conference, along with Northeastern and Morehead State (Ky.).
Last spring, Murphy pitched Billerica to victory over St. John’s Prep for the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association Division 1 North championship. It was the Indians’ first title in three decades.
Murphy is pitching this summer with the North East Baseball club team.
“[Maine's coaches] said I had a really projectable frame,” Murphy told ESPNBoston.com. “They like my competitiveness on mound, how I bounce back from bad outings. They liked my competitiveness when they came to see me multiple times.”
Seven UMaine players recognized
The UMaine football team continued to accrue preseason accolades with the announcement of College Sports Madness’ All-America and all-conference squads.
Senior defensive lineman Michael Cole was named both a College Sports Madness second-team preseason All-American and an All-Colonial Athletic Association first-teamer. Joining Cole on the preseason CSM first team were senior defensive back Kendall James and junior punter Jeffrey Ondish.
Senior tight end Justin Perillo, sophomore defensive end Michael Kozlakowski and senior defensive back Jamal Clay were named to the second team. Senior quarterback Marcus Wasilewski was picked for the third team.
The Bears open the season Aug. 31 at Norfolk State.
UMaine’s Conner, Labreck honored
UMaine track and field standouts Corey Conner and Jesse Labreck of Oakland have earned United States Track and Field and Cross Country All-Academic status for 2012-2013. In addition, the Maine men’s and women’s teams also earned all-academic distinction.
Conner, a nursing major, was the America East champion in the 5,000 meters and qualified for the NCAA Championship in the 10,000. She earned All-America honorable mention.
Labreck was an elementary education major. She is Maine’s all-time leader in the heptathlon, scoring 5,551 points at the 2013 ECACs. She also holds school records in the high jump, triple jump and the 100 hurdles.
The women’s track and field team had a 3.41 GPA, the highest in America East.
The Black Bear men finished with a 3.07 team GPA.
UMaine baseball sets golf event
The University of Maine Baseball Golf Classic will be held Aug. 5 at the Penobscot Valley Country Club in Orono.
Registration starts at 11:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. People may join as an individual or form teams of two, three of four.
The cost is $125 per participant and includes green fees, a cart, a gift and dinner. There will be prizes for the top three teams (net and gross) and prizes on selected holes.
There will also be a raffle and auction. For information, contact head coach Steve Trimper at 207-581-1090 or Joe Ferris at 207-989-8506.