Thursday, June 30, 2005
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (June 30, 2005) - Former East Tennessee State catcher Caleb Moore (Knoxville, Tenn.) and rising senior shortstop Chuck Hargis (Powell, Tenn.) earned honors from the American Baseball Coaches Association as the organization released their All-Region and All-America selections on Thursday. Moore was named as the first-team Atlantic Region catcher and second-team All-American as a utility player while Hargis earned second-team All-Region honors as a shortstop.
Moore added to his list of 2005 honors, as he also recently earned All-America accolades from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and USA Today's Sports Weekly. Both players earned first-team All-Southern Conference honors from both the league's coaches and media following the season.
Caleb was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the fourth round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Entry Draft and is currently playing with the Elizabethton Twins of the Appalachian League. Moore has started the season where he left off at ETSU, batting .412 with two home runs, five RBIs and six runs scored in his first five professional games.
This marks the second-consecutive season that Moore earned All-America honors after hitting .382 and leading the Bucs with 15 home runs and 73 RBIs in 2005. He led the Southern Conference in homers while also leading the conference and ranking fifth in the nation in RBIs per game (1.4). Caleb also led the SoCon and was 20th in the country with a .705 slugging percentage. Moore also starred as the Buccaneer closer this season, going 6-3 with a 4.14 ERA and 11 saves in 26 appearances. He allowed 40 hits in 41.1 innings and struck out 37 while walking just 12.
Hargis ranked second on the Bucs last season with a .387 batting average while leading the team with 22 doubles. He also scored 51 runs, hit seven homers, drove in 42 runs and stole 12 bases. He finished the season on a 16-game hitting streak, tied for best on the team. "This is another prestigious honor for Caleb and Chuck, especially because they are being recognized by the Division I baseball coaches in our region," said ETSU head baseball coach Tony Skole. "I am extremely proud of them and this is testament to their hard work and the character of these of young men."