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Murphy of UB drafted by Rockies

University at Buffalo junior catcher Tom Murphy on Tuesday was drafted in the third round by the Colorado Rockies.

The 105th player taken overall, Murphy is the highest UB player selected since Peter Grimm went 56th overall in 1983.

The most recent Bulls player drafted was pitcher Zach Anderson, who was taken by Toronto in the 29th round in 2009.

"I'm happy for Tom, he deserves everything he gets," UB coach Ron Torgalski said in a statement released by the school. "To be taken this high and get the opportunity to play at the next level is great for Tom. Colorado had seven different guys in the last month come in to see him so you knew they were serious."

Murphy, from West Monroe, recently became the first player in UB history to make the All Mid-American Conference first team twice after hitting a school record 13 home runs with 51 RBIs, which also is also a single season school record. He also hit .311 for the year.

Murphy is UB's career leader in slugging percentage (.588), passing Ron Couche's record from the 1978-79 season.

The first player from the MAC taken this year, Murphy will likely report to the Colorado's rookie league team with the Grand Junction Rockies of the Pioneer League.