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Michael Murray Chosen for 2005 David Rowlands Award

The 2005 NJCAA David Rowlands Male Student Athlete of the Year was sophomore baseball standout Michael Murray of Meridian Community College in Meridian, Miss. Murray's selectin marked  the second-consecutive David Rowlands winner out of the Mississippi Junior College Athletic Association and the fourth overall. Football standout Larry Kendrick of Pearl River Community College was the 2004 David Rowlands recipient.

The NJCAA Division I Baseball Player of the Year, Murray excelled in the classroom with a 3.42 grade point average and excelled on the field, setting numerous school records. He set single-season records in batting average (.519 in 2005), hits (98 in 2005), singles (63 in 2005) and on-base percentage (.578 in 2005) and he set career school records in batting average (.452), hits (174), doubles (42) and triples (10).

"Michael Murray is as fine a student-athlete as you will ever find," says head coach Chad Caillet. "Michael signifies all that we ask for from out students at Meridian. Michael is a leader by example that has earned him the respect of literally each one of his peers. He strives for greatness in all that he does and as a result he over-achieves on the field and in the classroom. I am proud to have Michael represent my program."

The 5-11, 180 pound sophomore shortstop was a 2005 NJCAA All-America selection and was a two-time Region 23 All-Region selection and a two-time All-Southeastern District selection. During his tenure Murray helped Meridian to a two-year overall record of 87-26, an NJCAA College World Series appearance in 2004 and a Region 23 championship game appearance.

Murray finised continued his education and baseball career at the University of Memphis.




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