Both Ficociello (.247 batting average, 17 RBI) and Moore (2.68 ERA, 1-4 record) didn't have the kind of year that most expected. Ficociello battled a muscle pull in his ribs early in the season. Moore made five errors, one less than the rest of the pitching staff combined.
Before the season, Ficociello and Moore were both projected to go in the top five rounds of the major league draft. Ficociello went in the 12th round to Detroit, Moore in the 17th round to the Brewers.
It would seem likely that both will still sign pro contracts before the July 12 deadline, but it may be until close to then before they make their decision to skip their final year with the Razorbacks. They both said they could come back, but it might take an incredibly low money offer for that to happen.
"Basically, I'm waiting to see what the Tigers do with their top 10 picks," Ficociello said. "If they sign them below slot money, that might open up more for those outside the top 10. Now that's not a real big process and it's not a lot of money that we are talking about. But it's part of the negotiations."
Moore said he's in the same position, but knows there isn't a lot of money left for the rounds as late as 17th.
"It would seem weird to come back without all of my friends that were drafted," Moore said. "I'm expecting most everyone to sign. It's pretty amazing that we had 11 drafted. I think they will all go.
"But it will be about waiting to see what the negotiations are like. I can't say just yet, but I guess anything can happen. I could come back.
"There is the lure of being the senior guy and then it's just so big just to get one more year to play at the University of Arkansas. I love this place."
The bargaining power of a senior is almost nothing. That's why most drafted juniors leave early. There were some juniors at LSU that did not sign last year to make a run to the College World Series. That worked out as the Tigers punched their ticket to Omaha on Sunday.
"I think for those guys, it's different than for me," Ficociello said of the LSU stars. "They were in a class that had not gone to Omaha. That's why they came back. I did go to Omaha last year, so I don't have that feeling like they did.
"What I can tell you is that by not signing last year, those two guys lost a lot of money. They are going to sign for a lot less money."
There is a lure for coming back for Ficociello.
"If I came back, it would be a chance to finish off my degree now," he said. "I'm on target to graduate with another year. If I don't do that, it's going to mean doing it in bits and pieces over several years in the offseason. So the academics would be the pull to come back for me.
"Right now, where am I? Honestly, I couldn't tell you. This is not the scenario I was expecting."
Ficociello knew that his season was going to push him down in the draft, but not all the way to round 12.
"Considering my injury at the start of the season, it just didn't go well," he said. "The recovery went along at a snail's pace. It took a toll with my draft stock. I thought I would slip some, but had no idea it would be like this.
"I had my exit meeting with Coach (Dave) Van Horn and he wanted to know what I was thinking, but I really was just surprised. I thought it would be top five and maybe it would have had I not gotten injured. I told him I just needed to think about it some more. Like I said, I honestly couldn't say."
It was clear that Moore expects to sign. He talked about what it would be like -- great fun -- to continue playing with teammate Barrett Astin, also drafted by the Brewers.
"We played together for the first time at the Area Code Games," Moore said. "I expect we are going to play together for a long time and that will be great fun. So I'm looking forward to that."
Moore said he didn't expect to slip to the 17th round, but knew a disappointing personal season was going to take a toll, like it did with Ficociello.
"It's hard to talk about negatives, but I've done a lot of thinking the last couple of weeks about what happened to us as a team and me personally," Moore said. "I'd always rather look at positives and I see one with this. It will prepare me for the ups and downs of professional baseball.
"But I have to be honest and talk about the negatives. I was real inconsistent. I wasn't nearly as good as my sophomore year this year. I guess I put way too much pressure on myself because I knew this was my junior year.
"I have been asking myself questions the last two weeks and that's what I see, that I tried to be too perfect. I was trying to pitch on the corners too much. My pitch moves and when you go for the corner, then maybe it's not going to be in the zone enough. So I wasn't getting enough strikes.
"I tried to correct that as the season went along, and go for the middle of the plate and let my movement take it to the edge. I think that's how I pitched before. I just didn't have a good year.
"The errors, they were a shock. I have never had errors. But that was weird. I slipped down some. I made some mistakes I haven't made in the past. Honestly, that was something that did make my year weird, all of those errors. Some of it was bad luck, but some of them were just mistakes on my part.
"I think when you press to try to be perfect, you make more mistakes. I know pressed way too much. I put too much pressure on myself to try to have a great year.
"I think that goes for the team. Honestly, we should still be playing. We all feel that way. I think when you look at the team ERA (1.89 for an NCAA record in the aluminum bat era) that's pretty good numbers. But when you are not playing right now, you don't want to say they were in vain, but they kinda were. It is an honor to set that kind of record, but it's also a shock that we aren't playing.
"The way I look at it, if I'd done my job this year, we would have hosted a regional and we'd still be playing. That's what I've been saying to myself the last two weeks since we got sent to Kansas State. I knew we should have been playing at home because we should have played better than we did."