Melanie Murphy Dominant in the Circle at Florida Tech, Garners All American Honors
By Steve Wilson // April 25, 2020
standout softball player for the Melbourne Bulldogs and Florida Tech Panthers
Melanie Murphy entered her senior campaign at Florida Tech as a pre-season All-American
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Melanie Murphy has been a member of a softball team for more than half of her life. Her mom, Claudia, introduced her to the game when she was seven years old. The game that her mom played so well, is also the game that is putting Murphy into the Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame.
Murphy was a standout softball player for the Melbourne Bulldogs. As one-half of the “duo,” which also included Shelby Alsdorf, the Bulldogs were 23-5 her senior year. In that season, Murphy was 16-3 with a 0.80 ERA.
She struck out 200 batters and walked only 20, and if that wasn’t enough, she batted .444, led the team in RBI’s with 35, and was tops on the team with a .691 slugging percentage en route to being was named Cape Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year.
After one year at Weber State University, and one year at Seminole State College, Murphy chose to come back to Brevard County and finish her playing days with the Florida Tech Panthers.
As a junior, Murphy was phenomenal in the circle and on April 26, 2018, she pitched a no-hitter against Lynn University. Murphy finished the season with a 17-9 record and broke the school’s 13-year-old single-season record with a minuscule 1.00 ERA.
The lefty pitched seven shutouts, recorded 108 strikeouts, and held opponents to a .181 batting average.
For her outstanding junior season, Murphy was named to the All-Sunshine State Conference first team, and National FastPitch Coaches Association All-South Region second team.
Murphy entered the 2019 campaign as a pre-season All-American and her senior season was just as impressive as her junior season.
On February 23, 2019, she proved that the pre-season accolades were warranted by throwing a perfect game against the University of North Georgia, the third-ranked team in the nation.
Murphy finished the season with 25 wins and a 1.64 ERA, recorded 141 strikeouts, four saves, and had 21 complete games.
During the 2019 campaign, the Florida Tech Panthers clinched their first-ever Sunshine State Conference Championship. And, Murphy was in the circle when the Panthers defeated Mississippi College to send her team to their second-ever Super Regional berth.
Murphy, once again, was recognized on a national level with All-American honors from FastPitch News, and National FastPitch Coaches Association. She was also named First Team All-Sunshine State Conference and Division 11 Conference Commissioners Association All-South Region.
The game of softball has been good to Melanie Murphy. But, more importantly, Melanie Murphy has been good for the game as she is a true ambassador for the sport. Having displayed outstanding character and leadership, both on and off the field, Murphy has left her mark on her favorite sport.
Ever since the age of seven, when Murphy first picked up a softball, she has been “rounding the bases and heading for home.” And now, Melanie Murphy is “rounding the bases” and heading into the Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame.
THE 2020 SPACE COAST SPORTS HALL OF FAME Banquet and Induction Ceremony will take place at the Cocoa Beach Country Club. The rescheduled date will be announced soon.
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The Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame selection committee announced an impressive array of outstanding individuals to be inducted into the 2020 Class of the Hall of Fame.
The 2020 Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Sports Awards will be held Friday, May 8 at the Cocoa Beach Country Club.
The festivities include a meet and greet with the area’s sports royalty beginning at 6 p.m., and the dinner and induction proceeding will start at 6:45 p.m. and includes compelling video tributes of each of the inductees.
The 2020 Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame induction event, and the 2020 High School Breakfast of Champions recognition awards, are sponsored by Health First, Erdman Automotive, All Points, Clear Choice Health Care, Savings Safari, Friday Night Locker Room and Rock Paper Simple.
The Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame includes an impressive array of outstanding individuals to be inducted into the 2020 Class of the Hall of Fame.
Dozens of nominees were considered in four categories including professional sports, college sports, high school sports and amateur sports.
Special honorary recognition will also be bestowed upon individuals and teams that have made significant contributions to sports on the Space Coast.
Space Coast Daily created the Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame in 2012 and has so far inducted more than 160 of Brevard County’s most outstanding athletes, coaches and sports personalities.
Serving on the committee are Space Coast Daily President & Publisher Tom Palermo, Vice President Giles Malone, Editor-in-Chief Dr. Jim Palermo, Managing Editor Zach Clark, the Friday Night Locker Room’s Steve Wilson and Orville Susong, former Health First COO Larry Garrison and Amateur Athletic Union Vice President Rusty Buchanan.
“The list of inductees for 2020 induction include athletes and coaches everybody knows – and some that may have been forgotten with the passing of time,” said Tom Palermo.
FOR INFORMATION about the Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame, or to make a reservation, e-mail Contact@SpaceCoastDaily.com or call 321-615-8111.
SPACE COAST DAILY TV: Tim Wakefield talks about his induction into the first class of the Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame.
SPACE COAST SPORTS HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2020
• PROFESSIONAL CATEGORY INDUCTEES: Jamel Dean, Football; Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Wrestling; Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Football; Mark Lake, Skateboarding; Juwaan Taylor, Football
• COLLEGE CATEGORY INDUCTEES: Derek Hamm, Football; Paulette King, Basketball; Dylan Lewis, Soccer; Melanie Murphy, Softball
• PREP CATEGORY INDUCTEES: Lexy Denaburg, Volleyball; Apryl Bigham Nickson, Swimming; Andi Sellers, Soccer
• AMATEUR/RECREATION CATEGORY INDUCTEE: Peter Blount, Track & Field; Karina Villegas, Sled Hockey; Caylor Williams, Wrestling
• COACHING CATEGORY INDUCTEES: Sean Ballard, Wrestling; Doug Butler, Cross County and Track; Aubin Goporo, Basketball; Gerald Hodgin, Football; Bill Sinclair, Softball; Don Smith, Basketball
• SPORTS DEVELOPMENT INDUCTEE: Loren McClanahan
• LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT INDUCTEE: Clint Hurdle
• SPORTS OFFICIAL INDUCTEES: Ted Ruta
• SPORTS JOURNALISM INDUCTEES: Steve Vaughn
• SPORTS AMBASSADOR AWARD INDUCTEE: Congressman Bill Posey
• CHALLENGER AWARDS INDUCTEES: Brevard Special Olympics
• TEAM OF THE YEAR: 2019 Satellite High Cross Country
• LEGACY CHAMPIONS: TBA
• SPECIAL TRIBUTE: TBA
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