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No. 14 LSU takes down McNeese State 9-1

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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.

Torina's Thoughts

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."

Notes

>> 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.

On Deck

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+.