PORTSMOUTH – Freshman Derek Moore has been named the Mid-South Conference Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season after a dominant start on the mound this past weekend at Lindsey Wilson. With his most recent outing, Moore added another accolade to his record breaking week as he becomes the only pitcher in Bears' history to be named conference pitcher of the week on two separate occasions dating back to SSU's time in the AMC.
Moore faced just one over the minimum in his start against the Blue Raiders this past Saturday as he recorded his third shutout of the season. His latest shutdown performance was a three-hit bid on the road. He did not walk a batter, while striking out six on the afternoon.
The Bears' right hander allowed singles to the Blue Raiders in the first and fifth innings. However, on both of those occasions, Moore's battery mate, Dustin Bickmeyer, erased those runners on caught stealing attempts. Spanning the first through fifth innings, Moore retired 13 straight batters in between those two singles. Moore would later retire all nine batters he faced in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings. He capped off his complete game effort by stranding a single in the bottom of the ninth to help Shawnee State finish off its 1-0 win in the opening game of its three-game set.
On the season, Moore is 7-1 with a 1.38 ERA in his 10 starts. He has thrown a complete game in five of those 10 starts. His three shutouts not only broke the single season record at Shawnee State, this mark also has him tied for the most career shutouts of any pitcher in program history for a career. Opponents are hitting just .206 off of Moore in a team-high 79 innings. He has struck out 47 batters and walked just nine on the year.
Looking around the conference, Moore is leading the MSC with his seven wins on the mound. His ERA and opponent's batting averages are both the second best mark among all conference pitchers. Moore is ranked 13th in the NAIA in total wins. He is 16th in walks allowed per nine innings (1.03) and 20th in ERA. Certainly a durable pitcher, Moore is second in innings pitched per game (7.9) and third in total innings across the country.
In the Shawnee State record books, Moore's seven wins are tied for the eighth most wins in a single season. His five complete games are tied for fifth most in a single season with seven other players. His inning total is already the eighth most in program history.
Moore and the rest of his teammates are coming off of a 4-1 week in which they swept West Virginia Tech and took 2-of-3 against Lindsey Wilson. His effort highlighted a great week of pitching for the Bears. As a team, the Bears had a staff ERA of 0.93 over those five games, including a 0.36 ERA in the series against Lindsey Wilson.
Baseball will be at home four each of its games this week. The Bears have announced a schedule change for Wednesday and will play Ohio Wesleyan on Wednesday at 4 p.m. instead of Ohio-Chillicothe. This Friday, Bluefield College comes to town for the start of a three-game MSC series. The Bears (23-18, 10-7 MSC) are currently tied with Campbellsville for second place in the Mid-South Conference.