Alex Murray Named Akadema/Northeast Conference Player Of The Week

HAMDEN, Conn. - Sophomore infielder Alex Murray (Milford, Mass.) of the Quinnipiac University softball team has been named the Akadema/Northeast Conference Player of the Week after her performance at the Norfolk State Invitational over the weekend. Murray batted .500 in four games in the tournament, compiling six hits, five runs and six RBI. This is the first conference award for Murray in her career, and the team's first of the 2010 season.

"No one deserves recognition more than Alex Murray," said head coach Germaine Fairchild. "She has worked diligently to improve her game, both in practice and during vacation periods. She has been the spark plug for our offense over the first two weekends of the season, and I know there's more to come from her."

Murray started the weekend with a bang as she hit the first homerun of her career, a two-run shot to right center, in her second at-bat of the game against Norfolk State on Friday. She went 2-for-3 with a walk on the day against the Spartans with two RBI and a run scored. On Saturday, Murray went 1-for-4 with a walk against Rider, in addition to scoring one of the Bobcats' 12 runs in the game. She also hit her third double of the season against the Broncs, driving in two runs on the play.

The second baseman's offensive prowess didn't stop there. In Quinnipiac's final game of the tournament, a second match-up with Rider, Murray went 3-for-4 with two singles and a double. She also knocked in two runs and scored two on her own in the Bobcats' 9-1 victory. Murray also played well on defense for Quinnipiac, posting a .900 fielding percentage on the weekend with nine putouts and nine assists.

Through six games played, Murray leads the Bobcats offensively batting .500 on the season with eight hits and nine RBI. She also posts an impressive .875 slugging percentage so far this year, as well as leading the team in on base percentage with a .619 mark.

Quinnipiac returns to action this weekend when they travel to Tampa, Fla., to compete in the University of South Florida Under Armor Invitational. The Bobcats will play in 11 games over a nine-day span, starting against Austin Peay on Mar. 5 at 10:30 a.m.