Rich DeMarco catches up with seniors Logan Lee, Cody Murtle, and Kevin McKague after the Black Knights' doubleheader sweep of Bucknell.
MISCELLANEOUS: Gifted outfielder with loads of potential ... high-ceiling talent with ability to make significant contributions ... expected to challenge for starting job in right field once again this spring after winning that spot last season ... impressive physical specimen ... boasts outstanding athleticism and "rifle-like" arm ... capable of playing all three outfield positions ... plus defender with ability to track down balls in outfield gaps ... improving offensive performer ... generates tremendous bat speed ... snaps bat head through hitting zone ... continues to develop home run power ... consistently centers ball on bat ... regularly drives ball to outfield alleys ... shoots line drives to all fields ... should receive hefty share of playing time this spring after starting 32 games last season ... three-year letterman.
MILESTONES: Named to Patriot League Academic Honor Roll following junior season.
2011: Appeared in 36 of Army's 48 games during a solid junior season ... emerged as the Black Knights' regular starter in right field ... drew 32 starts during the season ... started every Patriot League game ... batted .271 with two home runs, three doubles, one triple and nine RBI ... scored 19 runs ... finished with 40 total bases and a .374 slugging percentage ... recorded a .371 on-base percentage ... smacked first career home run as a pinch-hitter versus Fairfield ... ripped second homer of the season at Lehigh less than two weeks later ... matched his career high with two RBI against Holy Cross in helping the Black Knights sweep a four-game series from the Crusaders ... recorded five multi-hit games ... collected a career-high four base hits against Lafayette in the Patriot League Tournament semifinal series ... effort at the plate helped the Black Knights close out a two-game sweep of the Leopards ... went 2-for-4 at Lehigh and 2-for-2 versus Yale ... was 2-for-3 with two runs scored at Lafayette ... scratched out a pair of singles in the second game of the Patriot League Championship Series as Army defeated Navy to force a third and decisive game ... hit safely in five of seven games against the Midshipmen ... authored a pair of five-game hitting streaks during the season ... one of 10 Army players named to Patriot League Academic Honor Roll at year's end.
2010: Appeared in 26 contests ... received 20 starting assignments ... drew 19 starts in right field and one in left ... batted .234 with two doubles, one triple, 10 runs scored and eight runs batted in ... finished with 15 base hits and 19 total bases ... posted .297 slugging percentage and .274 on-base mark ... added four sacrifice bunts and four sacrifice flies ... successfully scored a runner from third base with less than two outs on 6 of 8 occasions (.750) ... collected four hits in 24 official Patriot League plate appearances (.167) ... saw action in 11 conference outings ... drew nine league starts ... registered four runs scored and three RBI in Patriot League action ... recorded .167 slugging percentage and .258 on-base mark ... notched three sacrifice flies and two sacrifice bunts in league play ... totaled three multiple-hit games overall ... went 2-for-5 with one double, two runs scored and one RBI to lead victory over Long Island during Black Knights' spring trip to Florida ... went 2-for-4 versus Yale next time out ... went 2-for-4 with one double and one RBI to aid early season defeat of Wake Forest ... garnered two hits, three runs scored and one RBI during Patriot League series defeat of arch-rival Navy.
2009: Put forth solid showing in rookie campaign ... batted .297 with seven runs scored and one run batted in ... registered 11 base hits in 37 official plate appearances ... collected 11 total bases ... posted slugging percentage of .297 and on-base mark of .381 ... appeared in 19 contests ... drew six starts ... swiped two bases in two attempts ... garnered two multiple-hit showings ... hit safely in nine of 19 outings ... batted .318 (7-22) with runners on base ... posted .357 batting average versus left-handed pitching ... went 2-for-3 with two runs scored to aid early season Army win over USC-Upstate ... rapped out two hits in late-season win over Lehigh ... also notched base hits opposite Davidson, George Mason (twice), Miami (Ohio), Ohio State, Iona and Lehigh ... notched stolen bases against George Mason and Ohio State.
HIGH SCHOOL: Played for head coach Jamie Billings at Hopewell High ... saw action at all three outfield positions ... standout pitcher as well ... earned three varsity letters ... selected for 2007 Underclassmen State Games team ... also chosen to 2008 Senior State Games ... both squads captured titles.
PERSONAL: Given name is Cody James Murtle ... born July 15, 1990, in Apple Valley, Calif. ... parents' names are DeAnn and Scott Murtle ... hobbies include fishing, drawing, camping and bowling ... majoring in Nuclear Engineering.