JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (May 26, 2004) - East Tennessee State junior catcher Caleb Moore (Knoxville, Tenn.) was named SoCon Player of the Year while he and senior shortstop Andy Howdeshell (Maryville, Tenn.) earned first-team all-conference honors from the league's coaches Wednesday afternoon from Charleston, S.C. Moore is ETSU's first SoCon Player of the Year since third baseman Gary Robinette won the award in 1980.
Moore had a phenomenal regular-season for the Bucs, leading all NCAA Division I players with a .466 batting average and 30 doubles (.60 per game). He also leads the team with 58 runs scored, a .772 slugging percentage and a .521 on-base percentage. Caleb is second on the team with nine home runs while ranking third on the Bucs with 44 RBIs. He currently has a team-best 19-game hitting streak and had a streak earlier in the season where he had multiple-hits in an incredible 11-straight games.
Caleb also serves as the Buccaneer closer, posting a 2-0 record with six saves and a 3.60 ERA. In his last 11 appearances, Moore has been dominant, yielding just a 1.35 ERA.
Moore has already set the ETSU and SoCon records for doubles and will shatter the Buccaneer single-season batting average record, held by outfielder Steve Meredith who batted .419 in 1988.
Howdeshell becomes the first Buccaneer to receive first-team All-SoCon honors in two consecutive seasons since outfielder Will Edwards was named to the team in 1987 and 1988.
Andy has been on a torrid streak at the plate over the last two months, hitting in 26 of his last 29 games to raise his batting average to .357, third on the team. Howdeshell leads the team with 11 home runs and 18 stolen bases while ranking second on the Bucs with 55 runs scored, 18 doubles and 48 RBIs. He has been an ironman for Buccaneer head coach Tony Skole in his two seasons at ETSU, playing in and starting all 107 games.
Howdeshell was earned SoCon Player of the Week honors on Monday after batting .571 with three homers and five RBIs last weekend against SoCon rival Furman.
The Bucs open play in the SoCon Tournament, sponsored by the Virginia-Carolina Peanut Growers and the National Peanut Board this evening at 7:30 p.m. against The Citadel from Riley Park in Charleston, S.C.