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Moses shoulders the load for
By Andrew Krause
years ago, Trenton Moses (left) missed all but four games
because of a shoulder injury. Southeast Missouri State’s senior
third baseman now is called on to shoulder the weight of another
Moses was the Ohio Valley Conference’s Player of
the Year last season, hitting .395 with 11 homers, 53 RBI and an
impressive .501 on-base average. OVC coaches expect much of the
same in 2012, voting Moses as the preseason favorite for
Moses, 6-3 and 228 from Advance, Mo., provides
the Redhawks with a physical presence at the plate and in the
However, he remembers how things were quite
different when he entered as a freshman four years ago.
“I came in at around 200 or 205 pounds, and I had
a lot of things to learn,” Moses said.
He hit .264 with four home runs and 24 RBI and
was a steady presence in the field, starting 44 games at third
base as a freshman. His sophomore year in 2009 was similar at
the plate (.258, 2 HR, 24 RBI, .366 OBA).
To many unfamiliar with his story, the 2010
season would appear to be a lost opportunity.
That spring Moses only played in four games
before a shoulder injury ended his junior campaign. Although
Moses qualified for a medical redshirt, he was forced to watch
“That year was really the turning point in my
career,” Moses said. “The time away really made me appreciate
the game more.”
and motivated, Moses rehabbed and lifted weights vigorously in
order to return better than ever.
“He came back from his injury more mature and
more physical,” said Chris Cafalone, SEMO’s hitting instructor
and infield coach. “In many ways the injury could be looked at
as a positive for him as he has taken his game to another
Last season clearly was one in which all of
Moses’ hard work paid off and everything clicked.
His .395 batting average was good enough to rank
second in the conference, while his .502 on-base percentage
ranked 14th nationally. His notable season earned him a place as
a Louisville Slugger Third Team All-American. Most important, he
was a key factory in propelling Southeast Missouri to 34 wins,
third-most in school history.
“Trenton is a big imposing third baseman who can
literally change a game at any time with one swing of the bat,”
said Gary McClure, head coach of defending champion and
preseason favorite Austin Peay. “He also possesses the abilities
it takes to do a very good job defending. He has the size and
strength of some of the larger third baseman in the big leagues.
“With those things said, to me he is one of those
players who is extremely confident, competitive, instinctive and
has all other intangibles that make players special. He is
certainly the guy that as the opposing coach you don’t want
coming to the plate in a big situation.”
While the Redhawks’ season ended in a
disappointing 15-12 loss to Jacksonville State in the OVC
Tournament semifinals, Moses and his coaches have been pleased
by what they have seen this offseason. The Redhawks return their
entire starting infield and their starting catcher from the 2011
“We are really both an old and young team at the
same time,” Cafalone said. “We have an entirely new outfield,
and our success in going to largely depend on how they develop.”
Moses added, “Our outfield is young because we
lost a lot of key contributors from 2011, but they have looked
good and could really help spark our lineup.”
Moses and the rest of the Redhawks will not have
to wait long to see how well the squad has developed – they open
the season with a series at Super Regional surprise Dallas
“We have always started out with strong opponents
as the strong early season schedule allows us to prepare for
conference play,” Cafalone said. “The experience can serve as a
stepping stone and allow us to continue to improve on a daily
Moses added, “You always want to play a bigger
school to see where you’re at.”
But at the end of the day SEMO’s star third
baseman knows what is most important.
“I want to help my team win a ring,” Moses said.
“We haven’t won the conference since I’ve been here, but I think
this team could surprise a lot of people.”
(photos courtesy of Southeast
Media Relations Office)