Jack Murphy is a senior for the Saint Mary’s baseball team, and he is looking to finish the year strong before he graduates this spring.
By Mark Molz
Jack Murphy walked on to the SMC campus in the fall of 2017, eager to make an impact on an up-and-coming Saint Mary’s squad. As a freshman, Murphy appeared in sixteen games for the Gaels and tallied three starts. Following his freshman campaign, Murphy became a regular on the Gael’s lineup as he went on to make thirty-five appearances and sixteen starts in his sophomore season. He would end up finishing the year with a respectable .325 average, sixteen RBIs, and hit his first collegiate home run against WCC rivals, Gonzaga.
Before his junior was cut short due to Covid-19, Murphy was sidelined with a broken hand that ultimately ended his season before the year started. Now, in his senior campaign, Murphy is healthy once again and is back on the field where he belongs.
Coming out of high school, Murphy was looking at a variety of different schools, but when asked why he chose Saint Mary’s he stated, “I knew this school would offer me a lot of great opportunities when it would be time to graduate and I really appreciated the community and small class sizes SMC had when it came to my decision.”
Murphy has enjoyed his time here immensely and said he couldn’t be happier with his decision to come back in 2017. Besides playing baseball, Murphy noted the countless friendships he has made throughout the years.
“I would say one of my favorite parts about being a Gael is the small community and the relationships I have built over the years,” Murphy stated. “I have made lifelong relationships with many of the students here.”
Murphy also has endless baseball memories that will be with him for a lifetime. After four years of collegiate baseball at SMC, combined with summer ball in places like Portland and Virginia, he has appreciated every experience and opportunity he has been presented with.
“Going to the WCC tournament my Sophomore year has to be my favorite baseball memory,” Murphy stated without hesitation. “It has been the only time we made it that far since I have been here and the experience was something I will never forget.”
On top of the WCC tournament, Murphy added that playing summer ball in different states has also generated some of his favorite memories. He noted that being able to play baseball in a different part of the country for the course of two months is a great experience. And, on top of playing in different states, he has been able to make relationships with ballplayers from schools all over the country.
As Murphy’s career at SMC is coming to a close, he is looking forward to what the future holds. Still, with one year of eligibility left due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he hopes to play one last year of baseball while receiving a master’s degree.
Murphy will be graduating this spring with a degree in Psychology and hopes to receive a master’s in Wildland Management. Post-school, Murphy hopes to pursue a career in Firefighting.