Tar Heel baseball fans got some good news Friday afternoon when Jessie H. Nunery reported on Twitter that Moss will not be signing with the San Francisco Giants and instead will be returning to Chapel Hill for one more season.
Rocky Mount native/UNC pitcher Benton Moss will return for his senior season. Was drafted in 15th round by San Fran. Giants last month.
— Jessie H. Nunery (@JessieHNunery) July 4, 2014
Moss (on his way to NYC by train) told me: “At the end of day it can’t be about just the money. It’s what you really want to do at the … — Jessie H. Nunery (@JessieHNunery) July 4, 2014
(cont). moment. What I really wanted to do is finish out my senior year. — Jessie H. Nunery (@JessieHNunery) July 4, 2014
Moss was named a freshman All-American by Louisville Slugger and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association following his 2012 season. His freshman year, he went 7-2 with a 1.94 era and 83 strikeouts.
His sophomore year, he posted a 3.77 era and 8-1 record in 16 starts. He struck out nine more batters his sophomore year, 92, good for second on the team.
Last season, Moss started 15 games and had a 3.62 era. He recorded four wins and two losses while pitching a team high 97 innings. His strikeouts were down, however, as he recorded just 77. Opponents hit .214 against the junior.
Moss was drafted in the 15th round by the San Francisco Giants following the Diamond Heel’s season.
Moss’s return is huge development for UNC Baseball – means the elite 1-2 starters Thornton/Moss will lead the way in 2015
— InsideCarolina (@InsideCarolina) July 4, 2014
Moss is a Morehead-Cain scholar majoring in economics and business administration. He was born in Tarboro, NC, and went to Rocky Mount High School.