2008 MLB Draft Pick (33rd Round)
2007 MLB Draft Pick (40th Round)
2006 All-ACC Tournament Team
Power hitter that played first base as a freshman, right field as a sophomore and served as the DH for the majority of his junior season ... Impressed the coaching staff with his bat in fall practice of his rookie season and was a mainstay in the middle of the lineup ever since ... The younger brother of former Tech star outfielder Matt Murton (2001-03), a member of the Oakland A's organization.
Selected in the 40th round of the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft by the New York Yankees, but elected to return to Georgia Tech with two years of eligibility remaining ... Taken in the 33rd round of the 2008 MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Concluded his junior season ranked 16th in school history with 49 doubles in his three years on the Flats ... Has collected 52 multi-hit and 37 multi-RBI games during his career at Georgia Tech.
Named to the ACC All-Tournament team in 2006.
Had his most productive season at the plate, batting .332 with 12 home runs, 25 doubles and 51 RBI on the season ... Started 52 games and played in 56 of the Yellow Jackets' 62 contests on the year ... Led the team with 25 doubles, which ties for the third-best single-season mark in school history ... Had a team-best .621 slugging percentage and finished second in RBI and fourth in average and home runs ... Had 22 multi-hit games and tied for the team-lead with 16 multi-RBI games on the season ... Improved his batting average by nearly 100 points after hitting .239 in 2007 ... Plated Tech's first two runs of the season with a 2-for-3 performance against Youngstown State (2/22) in the series opener ... Hit .600 with two RBI and three runs scored in the weekend series against the Penguins (2/22-2/24) ... Collected three hits - two home runs and a double - while scoring twice and driving in four runs against Georgia State (3/25) ... Collected two hits, both doubles, in four at bats against Alabama State (3/26) ... Went 5-for-11 (.455) with a pair of doubles and three RBI in the series at North Carolina (4/4-4/6) ... Had four hits, including a home run, three RBI and two runs scored against Georgia (4/9) ... Collected three hits, including a solo home run, vs. Miami (4/12) ... Went 3-for-5 with a solo home run, grand slam, and five RBI at Georgia Southern (4/16) ... Hit .583 with two home runs, four doubles, five RBI and five runs scored in the series at Maryland (4/18-4/20) ... Collected a season-high four hits, three of which went for extra bases, in the middle game of the series at Maryland (4/19) ... Went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and a solo home run at Mercer (4/22) ... Had two hits, both doubles, and scored twice against Wake Forest (4/25) ... Went 2-for-5 with a double and a ninth-inning RBI single against Coastal Carolina (5/3) ... Homered and doubled in a 3-for-4 performance at Georgia (5/7) ... Hit .500 (6-for-12) in the series at Virginia (5/15-5/17) ... Four of his six hits against the Cavaliers were doubles ... Had three hits and drove in three runs in the middle game of the series at Virginia (5/16) ... Had two hits, including a solo home run, and a run-scoring single in Tech's 10-9 win over NC State in the ACC Championships (5/21) ... Added another solo home run in Tech's second game of the conference tournament against Miami (5/22).
Played in all but one game on the season, starting in 55 of his 56 appearances ... Started 27 games in the outfield, 19 games at first base, and nine games as the designated hitter ... Had 12 multi-hit and 11 multi-RBI games during the year ... Hit safely in 36 games ... Doubled in Tech's season-opener at Georgia Southern (2/10) ... Had two hits and reached on an HBP against Illinois-Chicago (2/17) ... Hit a pair of three-run home runs in the series against Duquesne (2/23-2/25) ... Hit a key three-run home run late in the game against Rutgers (3/2) to help Tech to an 18-12 win over the Scarlet Knights ... Had two hits, a double and a home run, scored two runs and drove in four in Tech's 19-4 win over Virginia Tech (3/10) ... Went 3-for-4 with a pair of triples and four RBI in Tech's 5-1 win at Duke (3/25) ... Hit .429 (3-for-7) with a home run, four runs and three RBI in the two-game series against Georgia Southern (3/27-3/28) ... Hit a game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning against Maryland (3/30) ... Went 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in Tech's series finale win over NC State (4/22) ... Went 6-for-15 with a double, triple, home run and seven RBI in the series at USF (5/5-5/7) ... Went 3-for-4 with a triple and home run while driving in four runs in the middle game of the USF series ... Hit .429 (6-for-14) with three doubles and a home run in the series at North Carolina (5/11-5/13) ... Collected three hits, including a double and home run, in the series finale vs. the Tar Heels.
Hit .339 with 6 home runs and 44 RBI ... Played in 55 games and made 42 starts, including each of the last 26 games of the season at first base ... Tech's top hitter in ACC contests, hitting .364 with 4 HR and 21 RBI ... Drove in two runs in Tech's 11-9 win over Georgia State (2/15) ... Had an RBI single in Tech's 8-5 win over No. 6 Tennessee (2/24) ... Went 3-for-5 with two RBI against Rutgers (3/5) ... Hit his first career home run and drove in three runs in Tech's win over Virginia (3/10) ... Went 6-for-10 at Maryland (3/31-4/2), including a 4-for-5 performance in the series opener and a 2-for-4 outing in the series finale ... Began a six-game hitting streak, in which he hit .591 with three doubles and eight RBI, with a 4-for-8 performance at Virginia Tech (4/9) ... Went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI against Georgia (4/12) ... Had five hits and three RBI in two games against Clemson (4/14-4/16) ... Had four hits, including a home run, and seven RBI in the three-game series against No. 16 Miami (5/18-5/20) ... After collecting two hits through the first four games of the ACC Tournament, tied a Georgia Tech record with three home runs in a 3-for-5 performance vs. No. 2 Clemson in Tech's final game of the tournament to earn ACC All-Tournament Team honors; Homered in three consecutive at bats, capped off by a ninth inning grand slam ... Had a career-high seven RBI in that game ... Went 3-for-9 with a home run, three walks and two HBP's to post a .571 on base percentage in three starts at the NCAA Atlanta Regional ... Hit .444 (4-for-9) with three runs in the NCAA Atlanta Super Regional ... Collected four hits in seven at bats at the College World Series.
A four-year letterwinner for coach Toby Evans at Eagle's Landing High School ... Hit .446 with eight home runs and 31 RBI as a senior while posting a 1.457 slugging percentage ... Named the Henry County Player of the Year as a senior ... Played with the Midland Redskins team that won the 2004 Connie Mack World Series ... Rated as the No. 12 prospect in the state of Georgia and No. 212 in the nation ... Also played two years of basketball at Eagle's Landing.
Full name is Luke Franklin Murton ... Born May 21, 1986 ... Son of Bill and Sue Murton ... Brother Matt played at Georgia Tech (2001-03) and now plays with the Oakland A's ... Majoring in Management.
Career StatisticsYear Avg GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SLG% BB HBP SO GDP OB% SF SH SB-ATT PO A E FLD% 2006 .339 55-42 171 42 58 10 0 6 44 86 .503 25 7 32 4 .433 5 1 6-7 203 20 5 .978 2007 .239 56-55 226 32 54 14 3 9 43 101 .447 21 6 45 10 .315 4 2 3-3 238 20 3 .989 2008 .332 56-52 211 41 70 25 0 12 51 131 .621 22 6 50 4 .402 5 0 3-6 47 3 0 1.000 TOTAL .299 167-149 608 115 182 49 3 27 138 318 .523 68 19 127 18 .379 14 3 12-16 488 43 8 .985