Moore Powers Loyola Past La Salle, 5-3
Junior third baseman homers and drives in all five runs as Ramblers win third in a row
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (March 5, 2013)Lauren Moore homered and drove in all five of Loyola University Chicago's (6-4) runs to lead the Ramblers to a 5-3 victory over La Salle today at the Rebel Games. The junior third baseman has gotten off to a sizzling start and has clubbed four homers and driven in 13 runs already this spring.
La Salle drew first blood, taking a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning on Megan Hogdson's two-run homer, and the game would stay that way until the bottom of the third when Moore ripped a single to center that scored Jessica Balzano and Brooke Andresen to even the score.
Moore delivered in the clutch again in the fifth inning. After Olivia Bell led off with a base hit, Balzano reach on an error one out later and a subsequent passed ball moved both runners up a base and into scoring position. That brought the third baseman up with a chance to give the Ramblers the lead and as she has done time and again this season, Moore came through, crushing a three-run homer to center to surpass her total from last season (3) and give Loyola a 5-2 lead.
La Salle got a run back in the sixth and had a chance for more, but Annie Korth gunned down pinch runner Erica Reis trying to score at the plate, and reliever Ashley Rogers set down Tristan Musho on strikes to end the threat.
Moore went 2 for 3 and knocked in all five runs to lead Loyola's offensive attack. Kristina Vizza started in the circle and allowed only one hit, while striking out seven, though she didn't factor in the decision. Rogers, who came on in relief in the fifth inning, collected her fourth win of the spring by tossing three innings of relief and allowing no earned runs.
Loyola is back in action tomorrow when it plays a single game against Penn State.