By Dave Wagner
Despite a .413 batting average that was just short of the school single-season record, Eastern New Mexico University’s Bryan Moore maintains he wasn’t anticipating a lot in the way of postseason accolades.
Despite that, the senior second baseman and leadoff man from Woolforth, Texas, was a first-team choice on the All-Lone Star Conference South Division baseball team and shared Player of the Year honors in the division with Texas A&M-Kingsville catcher Steve Yaden.
The awards kept coming this week. Moore was named to the NCAA Division II All-America third team by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers of America.
“He certainly had a deserving year,” said Greyhounds coach Phil Clabaugh, adding he’s never had an All-American in 18 years of college coaching, the last 14 at ENMU. “He was the catalyst for us all year. He didn’t necessarily get off to a big start, but it seemed like every game he was 2-for-4 and that type of thing.”
Clabaugh said Moore, who was eighth in the LSC in batting average and second in both on-base percentage (.513) and walks (31), found it hard to believe when he learned of his All-South honor.
“I wasn’t expecting too much,” Moore said of the accolades. “(The All-American citation is) probably the biggest honor I’ve ever gotten in my life.”
Moore, who has a semester left before graduating in communications and is working on campus this summer, was pushing Dallas McMann’s 2003 school record average of .433 with less than two weeks left in the season before falling back a bit in the final nine games against Tarleton State, New Mexico Highlands and South champion Abilene Christian.
“I ran into a little bit of trouble against Abilene,” said Moore, who hit .378 during his two campaigns at ENMU. “But this will definitely go down as my favorite season of all time. Dallas McMann was just a great hitter, and to be in that category is an honor.”
His bid for McMann’s record was hampered a bit in the final weeks by a knee problem, but Moore led the Hounds in hits (76), runs (52), doubles (16) and stolen bases (17) and was second in runs batted in (36).
Moore, who transferred to ENMU in 2003 from Howard College in Texas, also posted a school-record 22-game hitting streak and was the only player to start every game in 2005 for the Hounds.
Clabaugh points to Moore’s contributions in the field, noting that ENMU (26-27, 10-10 South) was second the LSC in both double plays and overall defense.
“Bryan played harder than any kid I’ve ever coached,” Clabaugh said. “He was one of those guys that led by example.”
At 5-foot-9 and 165 pounds, Moore isn’t sure a pro career is in the cards for him. Still, he plans to try to get his knee better in the next few weeks and attend some open tryout camps in Texas in July.