TUCSON, Ariz. - For the first time in Bradley Baseball history, the Braves have produced two Freshmen All-Americans. Second baseman Chris Godinez (Lake Bluff, Ill./Lake Forest H.S.) and center fielder Max Murphy (Robbinsdale, Minn./Cooper H.S.) both were named to the 2012 Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-America team, selected by Collegiate Baseball newspaper and released Wednesday morning.
Godinez and Murphy join Brad Altback (2007) and Sean Watkins (1993) to become the third and fourth Freshmen All-America selections in Bradley Baseball history.
Murphy was the only Bradley player to appear in all 55 games during the 2012 season, starting every game in center field. After hitting a home run for his first career college hit Feb. 17 at Kennesaw State, Murphy finished the season with a .285 average, nine homers and 38 runs batted in. He was on base at least once during each of the season's first 38 games and enjoyed a pair of team-best, 11-game hitting streaks during the on-base run. Murphy ended the season by making appearances on ESPN SportsCenter's Top 10 Plays segment on consecutive nights: No. 9 May 22 with a diving catch in the right centerfield gap in the ninth inning versus Missouri State and No. 6 May 23 with a running, over-the-shoulder catch on the center field warning track in the eighth inning versus Southern Illinois.
Godinez began the season as a reserve infielder, but was given the opportunity to take over as the starting second baseman when senior Rob Elliott went down with a hamstring injury. Godinez responded by batting .462 (6-13) with four stolen bases and four runs scored in the MVC-opening series at Southern Illinois. He went on to lead the Braves with a .320 batting average, 33 runs scored and 11 stolen bases to earn second-team All-Missouri Valley Conference honors.
Bradley followed Wichita State (three) with the most Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-Americans in The Valley and the Braves joined Stony Brook (three), Indiana (two), Kentucky (two) and San Diego (two) as the only programs in the country with multiple position players to be recognized.
The freshman duo helped Bradley to a 27-27-1 overall record in 2012, the third consecutive year the Braves have improved their record.