CHARLESTON, S.C. (May 28, 2004) - East Tennessee State junior catcher Caleb Moore (Knoxville, Tenn.) and senior shortstop Andy Howdeshell (Maryville, Tenn.) earned first-team All-Southern Conference honors from the league's media while Moore was named SoCon Player of the Year by the group Friday from the Southern Conference Baseball Tournament in Charleston, S.C., sponsored by the Virginia-Carolina Peanut Growers and the National Peanut Board.
Ryan Johnson of College of Charleston and Jonathan Ellis of The Citadel were named co-Pitchers of the Year while John Pawlowski of College of Charleston was the Coach of the Year. UNC Greensboro infielder Danny Valencia earned SoCon Freshman of the Year honors.
Moore currently leads the nation with a .455 batting average and 31 doubles (.60 per game). Caleb also is at or near the top of the SoCon rankings with 59 runs scored, a .752 slugging percentage and a .529 on-base percentage. With a hit yesterday against Georgia Southern, Moore extended his team-best hitting streak to 21 games.
This season, Caleb set the ETSU and SoCon records for doubles and shattered the Buccaneer single-season batting average record, previously held by outfielder Steve Meredith who batted .419 in 1988.
Caleb also served as the Buccaneer closer this season, posting a 2-0 record with six saves and a 3.60 ERA. In his final 11 appearances, Moore was dominant, yielding just a 1.35 ERA.
Howdeshell had another stellar all-around season for the Bucs, ranking second on the team with a .355 batting average and leading ETSU with 11 home runs. He was also second on the Bucs with 57 runs scored and 48 RBIs while leading the team with 18 stolen bases.
Andy hit in 27 of his final 31 games this season, batting .390 with eight home runs and 30 RBIs in that span. He was an ironman for ETSU head coach Tony Skole over the last two seasons, playing in and starting all of his 109 games in a Buccaneer uniform.
The two players led the Bucs to a 28-30 record this season, 15-15 in SoCon play. The Bucs improved by 13 overall victories and six conference wins over the 2003 season.
Moore and Howdeshell also earned first-team all-conference honors from the league's coaches on Wednesday while Moore was also named Player of the Year.