Moran commits to Gannon
Jen Moran, a senior at Fox Chapel Area High School and member of the softball team, recently gave a commitment to attend Gannon University next year.
Moran considered other schools before settling on Gannon.
“I had looked at many different schools and found that I really liked the more city-style campus,” Moran said.
“And Gannon's campus seems exactly what I was looking for. I visited a few times and feel I will like it there.”
Moran said she also wanted to stay close to home.
“As I got closer to making a decision, I realized I didn't want to go too far from home. And their softball program is pretty solid and the coaches and players are great.”
Other schools Moran considered included Seton Hall, Penn, and Robert Morris.
“But I really feel that Gannon gives me the most overall from both an education and athletics standpoint,” she said.
Moran, who will major in computer science, is hoping to be able to step right in for a team that was 30-17 last year.
“I am going to work as hard as I can so I can step in and play as a freshman,” she said. “That's my plan and my goal. I feel I can have a positive impact on the team right away.
“But I am ready to do whatever the team needs me to do. I definitely think I can start as a freshman.”
She was recruited as a second baseman/outfielder.
“They had just recruited a shortstop, who is a freshman now,” she said. “Coach Jake (head coach Tom Jakubowski) said I may see some limited time at shortstop but I'm willing to play any position they need me to.”
Moran said she thinks being flexible and able to play many positions will help her see more playing time, especially during her freshman season.
Moran enters this season at Fox Chapel with a career .567 batting average with 10 doubles, two triples, three homers and 20 RBIs.
She knows that she will have to put up similar numbers this year if the Foxes are going to make the playoffs.
“Our team is definitely going into a tough section,” she said. “Shaler and North Allegheny are always very good.
“I'm excited about seeing the best competition and it will be fun to play some teams we have never played before.
“I think if we work hard and play smart, we can compete with those teams.”
Moran said the team will have a couple of key players to replace.
“Losing Elly Wagner and Kim Corcoran is a huge loss,” she said. “I've been good friends with them since we were all young and I'll miss them both on and off the field.”
Wagner will be playing softball at the University of North Carolina.
Moran said Corcoran will also be playing college softball somewhere.
Still, she said, the Foxes will have a good team that can win some games.
“I don't feel any extra pressure with those two gone,” she said. “I will try to do the same as I always have and just play as hard as I can and contribute as much as I can.”
Jen is the daughter of Keith and Lorraine Moran.
Marty Stewart is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-782-2123 or firstname.lastname@example.org.