Evans High senior Tyler Moore signed a letter of intent Thursday to play at USC Aiken.
“I really liked it there,” Moore, 18, said of the campus and facilities at USC Aiken. “I liked the program and what they’re about.
“The decision came down to USC Aiken or (Augusta State University), but I just liked them (USC Aiken) more.”
With the Pacers, Moore said he likely will switch from his typical role as a middle infielder to the outfield.
“That’s OK,” he said of the move. “I played outfield some in middle school and on travel teams, so it shouldn’t be a problem. Plus, I’ll get some time on the mound.”
In the upcoming season, Evans baseball coach Ricky Beale said Moore also will get more time on the pitching mound.
“He really helped us out in a couple of games last year when he came in early in relief,” Beale said. “He really saved us.
“We’re going to use him as a starter this season to get more use out of his arm.”
Moore started playing baseball as a 5-year-old and immediately showed an innate talent for the sport.
As a 13-year-old, he led the Columbia County All-Stars to an O-Zone World Series championship.
“I love it. I’ve always loved it,” he said of baseball. “It’s a part of me.”
Moore joins the long list of Columbia County baseball players who have signed with USC Aiken in recent years. The school has a direct connection to the county through eight-year Pacers coach and former Evans High star Michael Holder, son of legendary preps baseball coach Terry Holder.
“It’s a good program,” Beale said. “Coach Holder knows what we’ve got in terms of talent in this county and he’s used that to put together a good team.”