UCLA's Crawford, Murphy Earn High Marks From <i>Baseball America</i>

Oct. 30, 2007

DURHAM, N.C. - UCLA shortstop Brandon Crawford and left-handed pitcher Tim Murphy have been rated among the 10th and 18th best college baseball prospects, respectively, by Baseball America, the national publication announced Tuesday in its updated top 30 list.

Crawford, a left-handed hitting shortstop from Pleasanton, Calif., earned All-Pac-10 honors last spring after posting a .335 batting average in all 61 games for the Bruins. Crawford was named UCLA's most valuable player in each of his sophomore and freshman seasons. In 2007, Crawford tallied two 10-game hit streaks, tied for the team lead with 24 multi-hit games and hit safely in 50 of 61 contests.

Murphy, a standout left-handed pitcher and outfielder from Vista, Calif., gained All-Pac-10 honorable mention accolades in 2007 after stepping up as UCLA's number two pitcher. Murphy posted a 5.68 ERA and 5-4 record in 19 appearances (12 starts) and totaled 96 strikeouts in 76.0 innings. The left-hander pitched one complete game, leading the Bruins past Long Beach State, 7-4, in the Long Beach Regional final.

UCLA joins six other college baseball programs (Vanderbilt, San Diego, South Carolina, San Diego, Miami, Georgia) to have two or more players listed among Baseball America's top 30 college baseball prospects list.

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