Kylie Murdock missed nearly half the Angelina College softball team’s regular season after suffering an injury in an automobile accident. She tossed a complete-game one-hitter against Laredo on January 27, but then missed the entire month of February and half of March while recuperating.
But when the Garrison High School product made it back to the circle, she made the most of her opportunities.
Murdock did not allow a home run in her 18 games and 58 1/3 innings pitched. She struck out 27 hitters and finished with a 3.00 ERA while serving as the team’s closer upon her return. Her unique delivery delivered the ball low in the strike zone, inducing ground-ball outs.
Her performance and her reputation were enough to land her an offer from Texas Lutheran University, an NCAA Division III program, where Murdock will play beginning in the fall of 2017.
“When I visited TLU, I loved the campus because it was small, and everyone I talked to was very welcoming,” Murdock said. “The coaching staff was very honest, and they welcomed me as if I was already a part of the family. The girls were awesome. The ones I knew before I got there were so excited to have me, and the ones I met seemed happy to meet me. I could tell they all got along really well and that they loved being a part of the program. All of these factors made the decision for me.”
Murdock said she was a little surprised to get the offer, considering she was out of the AC lineup when the recruiting process started. However, she’d already earned a reputation as a tough pitcher to hit while playing in various leagues before she became a Lady Roadrunner. She was part of the program-record, 45-win season in 2017.
The taste of winning is something Murdock said she’ll take with her to the next level.
“My expectations are, of course, another conference championship, a trip to regionals, a trip to supers, and hopefully a trip to the national championship,” Murdock said. “I think they will use me to pitch as much as I can as long as I am producing and impressing them. I am very ready to get there and try to earn a spot.”
Murdock added that the bonds she formed with her fellow Lady Roadrunners and the coaching staff helped propel her to another level.
“At AC, I learned about family,” Murdock said. “I learned that family didn’t always have to be blood, and that total strangers can have the absolute best intentions for me. I want to take these things with me to TLU.
“I also learned to have fun with the game, and I fell back in love with it. That’s something that I will forever appreciate from the coaches at AC. The girls taught me how to have confidence in myself again because they had so much confidence in me. They became my best friends and my family so quickly that I hope and pray that TLU can offer me that also. The competition level was fun and always exciting. It kept me on my toes and made me want to get better daily. I definitely want to say thank you to the coaching staff for giving me a chance to fall in love with the game again, I want to thank the girls who became my sisters for loving me and welcoming me the way they did, and I want to thank the entire college for the support they gave us throughout our season,” Murdock said. “Going the JUCO route was the second-best decision I ever made, but transferring and playing at Angelina College was hands down the best one I’ve ever made.”
Murdock’s parents are Brandi and George Murdock.
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