Called into his head coach’s office at Florida A&M before the start of baseball season, Octavien Moyer learned his scholarship money was going to be increased.
That meant a lot to the former standout athlete at Navarre.
“It’s a sense-of-honor type of thing,” Moyer said. “Hard work pays off at the end. That’s how I feel about it.”
A&M manager Jamey Shouppe said the decision to give Moyer the extra scholarship money wasn’t as much about what he brought to the team as an athlete as it was about what he brought to the team as a person.
“I told him we were going to increase his scholarship because he is such a great person. He’s rewarded us with a really good season. He has become our most trusted hitter.”
That isn’t debatable. Moyer is the team’s leading hitter, batting .318 through the first 41 games. He leads the team in hits with 49, 11 of which are a team-best, 11 doubles and he’s also belted out three home runs. The junior has also knocked in 17 runs and has scored 32.
It is Moyer’s willingness to be unselfish that has generated the best season of his collegiate career. He’s on pace to hit .300 or better in a season for the first time.
“I’m focused on what our team needs and less about what my numbers are,” Moyer said.
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