PORTSMOUTH – Derek Moore (FR, Wheelersburg, Ohio) has been named the Mid-South Conference Pitcher of the Week as announced by conference officials Monday. Moore's honor comes after a complete game victory against No. 10 Cumberland. His win helped the Bears (13-10, 5-1 MSC) take two of three from the defending MSC Champions.
Moore becomes just the second SSU player to be named the MSC Pitcher of the Week after Jordan Williams earned that same honor last season. Pitching the opening game against Cumberland, Moore allowed a home run to the second batter he faced. However, the Bulldogs got just three hits over the final 8.2 innings, while Moore did not issue a free pass during the game.
Shawnee State was able to push across a run in the top of the fifth and scratched the game-winning run across in the ninth inning to take the opening game of the series. Over his nine innings of work, Moore struck out six batters in his duel against the reigning MSC Pitcher of the Year, Anthony Gomez.
On the young season, Moore is a perfect 4-0 in six starts. He has thrown a complete game in four of those starts, including a pair of shutouts. Opponents are hitting just .171 off of him in the early going. Moore's 0.78 ERA is the best in the Mid-South Conference right now. He is also tied for fourth in the MSC with 30 strikeouts.
On the national stage, he is ranked eighth in total innings pitched (46.1), 10th in victories and 28th in ERA. He is also among the top 50 in opponent's batting average and hits allowed per nine innings (5.4).
His four complete games through six starts are already tied for the 12th most by individual in one season at Shawnee State. Only four other pitchers have ever recorded two shutouts in a single season. The last one to do so was Randall Scott during the 2007 season.
Baseball will be back in action this Tuesday against No. 19 Point Park. That doubleheader will get underway with first pitch at Branch Rickey Park scheduled for noon. The Bears, who are currently in first place in the conference through two of the nine MSC weekends, will face another stiff test this weekend when No. 23 Georgetown comes to Branch Rickey Park for a three-game series that will get started with a single game Friday at 4 p.m.