Derek Murphy and Melanie Murphy are not related but they do share a commonality: setting first time career college goals in their athletic experiences.
On Feb. 23, women’s softball senior pitcher Melanie Murphy pitched her first career perfect game against No. 3 North Georgia.
On Feb. 27, men’s basketball junior forward Derek Murphy scored a career high 40 points against Lynn University on senior night.
“[Getting 40 points] is definitely something that I wanted to say I’ve done,” Derek Murphy said. “There’s not too many people that have done that in college basketball period.”
“After seeing him score 36 points two times the way he did within like two weeks, I knew he was bound to score 40 sooner or later,” said Trey Schaneville, freshman guard for Florida Tech men’s basketball.
Derek Murphy’s previous career high was 36 points, which he made twice this year, first against Barry University on Feb. 2 and then Saint Leo University on Feb. 13.
Due to his success on the court, Derek Murphy is the Sunshine State Conference scoring champion, averaging 23.1 points per game.
He was third in the conference in rebounds per game (8.2), second in total defensive rebounds (160), selected as a two-time Sunshine State Player of the Week and three-time Erdman Automotive Male Athlete of the Week.
Derek Murphy was selected to the All-SSC second team on March 7. Players that are selected are voted on by the league’s coaches.
Melanie Murphy has made accomplishments this semester as well.
“Pitching a perfect game feels amazing and to know I did it against a ranked three team makes this that much sweeter,” Melanie Murphy said.
Melanie Murphy said that she only made five of the outs on her own.
The other 16 outs were executed by the help of her teammates.
Her perfect pitched game is the first time for Florida Tech women’s softball since Feb. 1, 2014.
Due to her perfect pitched game and her performances throughout the DII Florida Tech Invitational, Melanie Murphy was announced as the SSC Pitcher of the Week.
This is her first honor of this award this year.
However, it is the second time in her career.
“Being recognized as SSC Pitcher of the Week is great and I hope there’s more to come, but I’m more focused on just winning games we play because that’s ultimately the number one goal,” Melanie Murphy said. “The rest that follows those wins is just icing on the cake.”
Melanie Murphy’s teammates are also feeling the rush of her accomplishments.
“As a catcher, it was an amazing experience to be behind the plate to catch Melanie’s perfect game,” said Vanessa Rubio, junior catcher/in fielder for Florida Tech women’s softball. “The entire game it was on my mind, and as the game started to wind down, I just kept thinking it was going to happen and it did.”
Rubio explained how the connection she and Melanie share as a pitcher/catcher duo is very key.
They have to always be on the same page with everything that goes on and she said that they’ve done a pretty good job of that this far into the season and that they’ll only get better.
Although Derek Murphy and the men’s basketball season is over, Melanie Murphy and the women’s softball season is still going.
Softball has their next game against Embry-Riddle on March 15 at 4 p.m. in Daytona.