So the freshman first baseman knew it was only a matter of time before his swing started to come around.
There have been flashes all along this season and those snapshots earned Moore a semi-permanent spot in the Tigers’ lineup once April rolled around.
Last weekend at Ole Miss, though, Moore’s confidence – along with his production – reached a new plateau.
In the three games, he was 5-for-12 with 3 runs scored and 2 RBIs. He chased in LSU’s first run in each of the first two games, first with a solo home run on Friday and then with a solid single on Saturday to ignite a four-run inning.
“I definitely felt more comfortable this weekend,” Moore said after he elevated his season average to .290 and produced back-to-back multi-hit games for the first time in his career. “I was really comfortable with my swing and my approach. I was really locked in and was as comfortable as I’ve been.”
Proof of how comfortable Moore was evident on the first pitch he saw from Ole Miss.
Facing Rebels’ ace Bobby Wahl, Moore leapt on the first offering he got in the second inning of the series opener and sent a laser into the right-field bullpen, his 3rd homer of the season. That was only the second long ball Wahl has given up in 67.1 innings this season.
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“Maybe they let their guard down a little bit after facing Raph (Rhymes), and they figured they were going to come after the next guy,” Moore said. “That was me and I was ready for it.”
With Moore likely to remain in the batting order in a protective spot behind Rhymes, the former Dunham School star’s progress is a major positive sign for the third-ranked Tigers (38-11, 16-8 SEC).
Rhymes leads LSU with 47 RBIs, followed by Mason Katz with 38. Austin Nola and Ty Ross have 34 apiece. If Moore can add another run-producer in the thick of the batting order, the Tigers could be a formidable offense in the postseason.
“If Tyler gets going and hits like he did last weekend, pitchers are going to have to pitch differently to a lot of guys in our lineup,” Nola said. “He’s a kid who has a great swing and a great future, and he’s starting to show his potential already and that’s big for us.”
For the first time this season, the Tigers’ SEC weekend rotation will have a different look when Vanderbilt (24-24, 11-13) comes to LSU.
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Nola, meanwhile, is coming off one of his best starts of the season against Ole Miss: 7.2 innings of work with 7 hits allowed and 3 runs on the way to his 6th victory.
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