Murphy's law: Grand slam, 3 straight homers, 7 consecutive hits

? Senior slugger goes 10-for-15 in three games last week.

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By BRAD SPENCER

Jim Murphy is proving to be a human battering ram for the Fenwick baseball team. The senior had 10 hits in 15 at bats last week for the Friars, four of which were home runs?#34;one a grand slam?#34;and three of which were doubles. He racked up 13 RBIs in two wins and one loss?#34;an 11-10 victory over Bishop McNamara, a 16-7 thrashing of Northside Prep and a 6-4 loss to Providence.

Before Fenwick took on De La Salle on Monday evening, Murphy, who was out much of the season last year with a leg injury suffered while playing football, had seven consecutive hits.

"We think that's probably a school record right now," said Fenwick head coach Dave Hogan of the mark. "I don't recall any one player having seven straight hits. He's just been outstanding lately."

Murphy tied the IHSA State record of most consecutive home runs in a game when he nailed three in a row in the win over Northside Prep. Murphy's hitting streak may have increased even more had Fenwick's doubleheader at Guerin not been postponed due to inclement weather on Saturday.

"He wanted to play no matter how frigid the temperature was," said Hogan of his slugger, who is currently mulling over attending Miami of Ohio in the fall.

Murphy rocketed a grand slam in the first inning against Bishop McNamara on April 18, helping the Friars shoot out to a 9-0 lead. Shea Roche, Vince Dorsey and Jack Horrigan all went 3-for-3 on the day.

In the seventh inning, Bishop McNamara scored five runs to keep things close. "We looked like a million dollars, then we kind of went on spring break," said Hogan.

Joe Vanis got the win for the Friars, allowing four runs on eight hits in five innings.

Murphy literally took batting practice in the win over Northside Prep. In his first at bat, the outfielder belted an RBI double off the fence. He then smashed three consecutive homers to finish with six RBIs on the day.

Jack Horrigan went 3-for-4, with two doubles and three RBIs for the Friars, who had 16 hits total in the game.

Despite Murphy's three singles in three at bats, the Friars fell to Providence 6-4 on April 20.

"We just couldn't get the job done when we needed to," said Hogan. The Friars left the bases loaded in the first inning and men on second and third in the second to fall behind 4-0. "It was frustrating."

To add to the frustration, Hogan's team ended 5 of the 7 innings on called third strikes with runners in scoring position. "It was not our greatest moment," Hogan said.

The Friars host Francis de Sales on Thursday (4:30 p.m.) and a doubleheader against Loyola on Saturday (11 a.m.).

On to 15 for OPRF

OPRF baseball pushed its win-streak to 15 games with a 10-5 victory over Morton on Monday evening. Ryan Spierowski nailed a grand slam in the eighth inning for the win.

The streak had been put on temporary hold over the weekend as the Huskies' doubleheader showdown at Morton was cancelled due to inclement weather.

OPRF (16-3, 8-0) was coming off a 10-0 shutout of Hinsdale South on Thursday. Andrew Hagins had a home run in the game.

The second-ranked Huskies will try and stay perfect in the West Suburban (Silver) Conference when they travel to Hinsdale Central for a doubleheader on Saturday.

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