PORTSMOUTH – After being named both the Mid-South Conference Pitcher and Freshman of the Year, Derek Moore (FR/Wheelersburg, Ohio) backed up those accolades with a complete game victory on Sunday in Shawnee State's 3-2 win against Campbellsville. That outing earned the Bears' freshman right hander his fourth MSC Pitcher of the Week honor this season.
No other pitcher in program history has been named conference pitcher of the week more than once in their entire career. Shawnee State only two-time All-American and current student assistant, Phillip Butler, was named MSC Player of the Week four times over his two seasons – the most of any player in program history.
Getting the start in the opening game of the MSC Tournament, Moore tossed his eighth complete game of the season as he went the full nine innings and allowed just seven hits. Of his two runs, just one of them was earned as he also struck out four batters on the evening. The victory was Moore's 10th of his freshman campaign.
Moore is currently 10-2 on the season in his fifteen starts with a 1.50 ERA. In his eight complete games, he has thrown a school record three shutouts this season. Opponents are batting just .211 off of Moore. In 114 innings, Moore has struck out 72 batters and allowed just 13 walks.
Around the conference, Moore is leading the league in wins, opponent's batting average against, innings pitched and walks per game (1.03). He currently ranks second in the MSC in ERA heading into Tuesday's games, just one-hundredth of an ERA point behind Cumberland's Jake Collier (1.49). He has also struck out the fourth-most batters in the conference this season. Nationally, Moore is second in total innings pitched and fourth in innings per game (7.6). He ranks eighth in the NAIA in wins, ninth in walks per game, and 13th in ERA.
Looking at the Shawnee State single season record book, Moore has already broken the school's record for shutouts and is currently on pace to break the school's record for walks per nine innings. In his MSC start against Campbellsville, Moore broke Austin Dunfee's record for innings pitched in season (108.1 in 2012). He is tied with Andrew Carter (2011) for second in most complete games, trailing just Dunfee's mark of 10 complete games in 2012.
Moore's 10 wins are the third-most in school history as Jason Burcham won 12 games in 2000, while Dunfee notched 11 wins in 2012. Moore currently ranks fourth in strikeouts with Dunfee holding the school record having struck out 82 batters in 2012. The freshman's current batting average against ranks as the fourth-best in program history. His 15 starts are the sixth-most in a single season for the Bears.
Shawnee State is 2-1 at the Mid-South Conference Tournament heading into Tuesday's slate of games. The Bears will play third-seeded St. Catharine at 5 p.m. EST (4 p.m. CST) in another elimination game. With a win, they would advance to play the loser of top-seeded Georgetown and second-seeded Cumberland in the final elimination game before the MSC Tournament Championship.