By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer
PORTALES — 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 Wolfforth, 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.”
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 in the final nine games against Tarleton State, New Mexico Highlands and 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 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 in 2003 from Howard College in Texas, also posted a school-record 22-game hitting streak and was the only player to start all 53 games in 2005.
Clabaugh points to Moore’s contributions in the field, noting that ENMU (26-27, 10-10 South) was second the LSC in 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.