March 3, 2013
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Lauren Moore hit a three-run home run, her third of the season, as part of a six-run fifth inning and Loyola University Chicago (4-4) got an impressive performance from freshman pitcher Ashley Rogers en route to a 10-1 victory over Toledo in five innings this morning at the USF Under Armour Invitational.
Loyola wasted no time in giving Rogers the lead, thanks to Brie Pasquale's first inning sacrifice fly, which scored Jessica Balzano, who had reached on a single and moved over to third on Moore's ensuing double.
Meanwhile, Rogers, a rookie righthander, was impressive in the circle and set down the first eight Rockets before Alyssa Smith's single in the top of the third inning.
Lauren Zaworski's two-run single was the highlight of the Ramblers' three-run third inning that extended the lead to 4-0 and gave Rogers some breathing room. After Lani Ernst led off the fifth inning with a solo homer to bring the Rockets within three runs, Loyola provided the knockout punch with six runs in the bottom half of the inning to end the game.
Consecutive singles by Zaworski and Annie Korth to lead off the inning set the table for Tarran Shaffer to rip a two-run double to the gap in left center, and three hitters after Hannah Jenkins stroked a RBI single, Moore deposited an Alli Beery offering over the wall in left center for a three-run blast that ended the contest.
Moore continued her torrid hitting by going 2 for 3 with a double, home run, and three RBI, while Zaworski hasn't lost her touch as a clutch hitter, driving in two runs and tallying a pair of hits. Shaffer knocked in three runs for the Ramblers, who saw Rogers allow only two hits and strike out five in a complete-game victory.
The Ramblers are off until Tuesday (March 5) when they face Penn and La Salle at the Rebel Games in Kissimmee, Fla.