LAKE CHARLES, La. - The bats came alive quickly as the 14th-ranked LSU softball team used five home runs to defeat McNeese 9-1 Tuesday night at Cowgirl Diamond. LSU is now 30-6 on the year, while McNeese drops to 24-13.
LSU's offense ignited early in the first inning as Shemiah Sanchez belted out her third home run of the year, scoring Emily Griggs and Shelbi Sunseri, giving the Tigers a 3-0 lead.
The Tigers added six more runs in the second inning, all coming off home runs. Amanda Doyle started off the second-inning slugfest with a three-run home run over the left center wall. Sanchez followed with her second dinger of the game, a solo shot over the left field fence. With two outs, the slugfest continued with back-to-back solo shots by Michaela Schlattman and Amber Serrett, extending the Tigers' lead to 9-0.
McNeese got on the board in the bottom of the fifth inning with two outs, but a ground ball ended the game.
Senior Carley Hoover was stellar in the circle, not giving up a hit until the fifth inning with two outs. She allowed just one hit and struck out nine in five innings.
In the offense performing well tonight ...
"It was a great performance from our offense today. It was great to see them come out so aggressive and strong. I think the staff had them prepared today and they did a great job."
On Carley Hoover's performance tonight ...
"It was tough with the rain and the different situations that happened. She was standing a lot out there. It was tough and a battle. I think she did a great job given the situation."
>> It was the second time in program history that the Tigers hit four home runs in an inning. The last time was on March 15, 2016 against Louisiana Tech.
>> Sanchez's two home runs on the game is the first time she has had two in a game in her career. She also finished the game with a career-high four RBIs. The last time a Tiger had two home runs in a game was Sydney Springfield at Kansas on March 17, 2017.
>> The five home runs is tied for second most in a game in program history. The Tigers have hit five home runs in a game on four different occasions. The most home runs in a game in program history is seven, coming against Louisiana Tech on March 15, 2016.
The Tigers return home for a three-game SEC series against Ole Miss. Game one and game two are slated for Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m., while the series finale will begin at 1 p.m. All three games will stream live on SEC Network+.