PORTSMOUTH – Derek Moore (FR/Wheelersburg, Ohio) added one final accolade to his standout first season with the Shawnee State baseball team as he was named a first-team All-American as announced by national officials. Moore becomes the second first-team All-American in program history as current student assistant Phillip Butler earned this same honor as a catcher during the 2011 season. The only other pitcher to earn All-American recognition was Jason Burcham, who was named an honorable mention All-American during the 2000 season.
Moore was named the MSC Pitcher and Freshman of the Year earlier this season, both firsts for an SSU player in program history. He was also a first-team All-MSC selection as he posted a 10-2 record in a team-high 15 starts. He broke the school's single season record with a 1.50 ERA in 114.0 innings. That inning total also broke the school record. In addition to those two school records, Moore also broke the single season mark for shutouts (3), while allowing just 1.03 walks per nine innings. Moore tossed a complete game in eight of his 15 starts this season.
Twelve of Moore's starts this season were quality starts - six or more innings pitched with three earned runs or less. One of those starts that was not a quality start came during a controlled outing against NCAA Division I Morehead State in which he set down the side in order in the first before being lifted from the midweek game. His eight complete games were the second most in school history, while his .211 opponent's batting average also ranked second all-time at SSU. His 10 wins ranks third in a season in school history as Burchman won 12 games during his All-American campaign in 2000. Moore struck out 72 batters, the fourth most in a single season at Shawnee State.
During the regular season, 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 during the regular season. On the national stage, Moore ranked third in innings pitched per game (7.6). He was also sixth in total innings pitched. Moore was also among the top 10 in the NAIA in ERA and walks allowed per nine innings. He ranked 16th in total wins nationally.
Moore's outings aided a Shawnee State pitching staff that set the school record for the lowest team ERA in a season as they posted a 3.77 ERA as a staff. The entire SSU rotation tossed a combined 17 complete games, also a school record.
Shawnee State went 33-26 overall during the 2014 season, including a 14-12 in Mid-South Conference games. The Bears placed fourth in the regular season standings before going 2-2 at the conference tournament. The Bears' 33 wins was the sixth most in a season at Shawnee State. The Bears also reached the 30-win plateau for the eighth time in program history, including the fourth time in the last five seasons.