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.