PORTSMOUTH – Baseball had four individuals represented on the All-Mid-South Conference squad as announced before the start of the conference tournament. Derek Moore (FR/Wheelersburg, Ohio) was named program's first Conference Pitcher and Freshman of the Year. He was joined as a first-team All-MSC selection by senior centerfielder Todd Queener (SR/Mentor, Ohio). Fellow seniors Dustin Bickmeyer (SR/O'Fallon, Mo.) (catcher) and Daniel Katayama (SR/Sao Paulo-Guarulhos, Brazil) (third base) were each honored as second-team All-MSC selections. Each of the Bears' award winners were first-time recipients.
Derek Moore took over the No. 1 starting spot in the Bears' rotation and never looked back during his first season with the Bears. The freshman posted a 9-2 record with a 1.54 ERA during the regular season. He made 14 starts on the year and threw a complete game in seven of those outings. Included in those seven shutouts were a school record three shutouts during the regular season. He pitched in 105 innings for the Bears and struck out 68 batters. Opponents hit just .212 off of the right hander.
Moore led the conference in wins, ERA and innings pitched. He also finished second among all MSC pitchers in opponent's batting average and fifth in total strikeouts. On the national stage, Moore ranks fourth in the NAIA in innings pitched, 14th in ERA, and 22nd in total victories. Moore's ERA currently ranks as second in single season at Shawnee State to Brian Williams' 1.48 ERA from the 1992 season. His win total for both victories and complete games ranks third heading into the postseason. He is just 3.1 innings short of breaking the single season record for innings pitched coming into the Mid-South Conference Tournament.
Todd Queener earned first-team All-MSC honors after he was one of just two players that started all 55 games during the regular season. Queener batted .303 at the top of the Bears' order. He also got on base at a .423 clip and finished with a slugging percentage of .485 as he led the team with seven home runs on the season. The Bears' leadoff hitter also led the team in runs scored (38). He tied for the team lead in hits (60), triples (3) and RBI (29). He also swiped 16 bases and recorded nine doubles in his senior campaign.
Around the Mid-South Conference, Queener ranked third in total at-bats (198). He was fourth in triples, while ranking eighth in the MSC in both doubles and home runs. Queener also ranked ninth in both total bases and stolen bases. He was just outside of the top 10 in both hits and runs as he ranked 11th and 12th, respectively in those categories.
Dustin Bickmeyer earned second-team All-MSC honors as the Bears' starting catcher. Bickmeyer played in 38 games during the regular season, making 36 starts. In those games, he batted .245 with 15 RBI. Bickmeyer also posted a .364 on-base percentage. He recorded 25 hits, including eight doubles and one triple. Behind the plate, Bickmeyer committed just five errors in 199 chances and threw out 16 runners trying to steal as base stealers were successful just 61-percent of the time on him.
In MSC games, the senior's average bumped up to .270. He posted an on-base percentage of .333 in these contests with a .338 slugging percentage in the conference. In the conference, Bickmeyer ranked 16th among all players with 168 putouts. He was also the only Shawnee State player to earn MSC Player of the Week honors this season as he did so following the sweep of Pikeville during the regular season.
Daniel Katayama also earned second-team All-MSC honors in his final season with the Bears. Playing in 52 games and making 49 starts during the regular season, Katayama led the team in batting average (.355) and on-base percentage. He tied for the team lead in both hits (60) and RBI (29). He finished with a .432 slugging percentage as he belted two home runs and recorded seven doubles. He posted a .913 fielding percentage at third base.
In the conference, Katayama finished with the ninth-best batting average among all players. He also ranked 11th in the MSC in both total hits and on-base percentage during the regular season. Katayama also recorded a hit in 36 different games during the regular season. He either scored a run or recorded an RBI in 30 different games this season.
Baseball is currently playing the in the Mid-South Conference Tournament. The MSC Tournament got underway on Sunday and will continue through the championship game on Wednesday.