DURHAM, N.C. – Thirty-seven days until the start of his sixth season at the helm of the Blue Devil program, head coach Chris Pollard is pleased to announce the signing of two-way player Ethan Murray to a National Letter of Intent.
An infielder and right-handed pitcher from Crozet, Va., Murray led The Miller School to its second state championship in program history this past season.
“Ethan’s a true two-way player,” said Pollard. “He plays the middle infield and has a very advanced hit tool. He also projects as a closer on the mound. Ethan’s been up to 91 mph from a really tough, sidearm slot. He has the tools to come in and make an immediate impact.”
Murray was instrumental in the Mavericks’ 2017 state championship run, totaling seven strikeouts in a 6-0 shutout over Atlantic Shores in the VISAA Division II finals. He earned 2017 Division II Player of the Year and Central Virginia Player of the Year honors after a standout junior campaign. Murray hit .470 with six home runs and 42 RBI while posting a 9-1 record and 0.47 ERA with 76 strikeouts.
Murray garnered 2017 Underclass High Honorable Mention accolades from Perfect Game and rates among the organization’s top 500 players in the 2018 recruiting class. Perfect Game also lists Murray as its No. 199 shortstop in the class as well as the No. 34 overall prospect and No. 10 shortstop in the state of Virginia.
Murray is part of Duke’s 12-player 2018 recruiting class set to arrive in Durham later this year. All 12 future Blue Devils rank among Perfect Game’s top 500 prospects in the class and GoDuke.com is set to introduce each class member every Tuesday.