Thanks to Murray, who went 5-2 with a 1.50 earned-run average en route to receiving All-Area first team and All-Pacific League second-team accolades, San Gabriel Valley never encountered that situation. Following Murray's performance, San Gabriel Valley won three one-run games in a row to return to the World Series following a one-year hiatus. San Gabriel Valley clinched a berth in the World Series with a 5-4 victory against Watsonville on July 26.
Torres, who has piloted San Gabriel Valley to three World Series titles since 2004, said Murray proved to be the logical choice to open the Pacific Southwest Regional.
"Kyle got us rolling with that game," Torres said. "We trusted giving him the ball and, had there been [an if-necessary championship game in the regional], he would have been our starter.