Jul 4, 2012 6:34 PM
TUCSON, Ariz. - Freshman catcher Riley Moore, Arizona's ironman behind the plate in 2012, was named a freshman All-American by Baseball America on Wednesday.
The Santa Barbara, Calif., native finished his freshman campaign with a .301 batting average, 40 runs scored and 38 runs batted in. Moore started 62 of the club's 65 games behind the plate, and caught 561 of the 586 (96 percent) innings pitched by Wildcat hurlers in 2012.
One of eight regulars to hit over .300 in the Arizona lineup, Moore saved some of his best hitting for late in the season. The 6-foot-3 switch-hitter batted solely from his more natural left side over the final six weeks of the season when the Wildcats won 18 of their final 20 games.
In that final stretch, Moore had the fourth-highest batting average on the team (.347) and scored 16 runs. In 10 postseason games, Moore had the second-highest batting average on the club (.389), including a career-high four hits on June 3 against Louisville in the Tucson Regional Championship game at Hi Corbett Field.
Moore continued his torrid hitting at the College World Series. His .412 (7-for-17) batting average was second-best among Wildcat hitters and fifth-highest among all players. He was named to the CWS All-Tournament Team.
The last Arizona player to be named a freshman All-American by Baseball America was second team honoree Jason Donald, a shortstop on the 2004 College World Series team. Brad Boyer, a third baseman, was the last first team selection in 2003.
(Courtesy: Arizona Athletics)