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For Second Straight Season, Bj Hits Owls’ First Homer

BJ Murray

BJ Murray

As of Tuesday, February 18, 2020

#By RENALDO DORSETT

#Tribune Sports Reporter

#rdorsett@tribunemedia.net

#BJ Murray has made a habit of opening day heroics for the FAU Owls baseball programme.

#For the second consecutive season, Murray hit FAU’s first home run of the season, and helped the Owls open his sophomore season with a three-game sweep over the Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens.

#The season debut was suspended over the course of two days because of a rain delay, but Murray got the Owls out to a quick start in game one.

#He singled in the first inning to plate the game’s first RBI and his two run double in the fourth highlighted four runs for the Owls in the inning. They took a 5-0 lead before rain stopped play on Friday night following a 52-minute delay. Play resumed Saturday at 1:30pm and Murray’s momentum continued following the break. He hit a two run home run to left field in the sixth inning and finished the day 3-5 with five RBI and one run in the Owls’ 8-4 win. He finished one triple shy of the cycle.

#Murray – who had three hits and three RBI in all of 2019 as a freshman – had three hits and five RBI in the opening game of 2020.

#The Owls won game two 9-5 and concluded the sweep with an 8-2 win in game three.

#FAU comes off a season where they finished with a 41-21 record, won home the 2019 Conference USA regular season title, made it to the finals of the C-USA Championship, and advanced to their fifth NCAA regional in the last seven years.

#Though six Owls moved on to MLB organisations, six starting position players return for the 2020 campaign, three of which were named Preseason All-C-USA: League coaches picked the Owls second in the preseason poll.

#The Owls saw their run come to an end in the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship Regionals.

#They gained an at large bid to regionals as the No.29 ranked team in the country. FAU was selected as the No.2 seed in the Athens Region. They opened with a 13-7 loss to Florida State before a 10-6 win over Mercer to advance before they were eliminated by Georgia.

#In his freshman season with the programme, he appeared in 19 games with six starts.

#In the first appearance of his collegiate career, he hit a home run and scored two runs in a win over Cincinnati on February 15.

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