LAFAYETTE — DJ Sanders doesn't think about hitting home runs — she just hits them.
"If I was to think about hitting the ball over the fence, I wouldn't hit a home run," Sanders said. "If I thought about it, then the ball wouldn't leave the infield."
The Ragin' Cajuns slugging shortstop went 2-for-3 with a career-high seven RBI with both of those hits being homers Sunday at Lamson Park. Sanders hit a grand slam in the third inning and added a three-run game-ending home run in the bottom of the sixth as No. 18 Louisiana-Lafayette defeated UT-Arlington 11-2 to complete a three-game series sweep.
"For me, if I hit the ball hard and just see it, is what is important," Sanders said. "As long as I see it, I will usually hit it."
Sanders has seen the ball a lot this season as the junior is hitting .359 and leads the team in home runs (13) and RBIs (30).
"She doesn't hit the home run when it is a 20-run kind of game," Cajuns coach Michael Lotief said. "She is clutch. She likes to be in the moment when she hits those home runs. Her ability comes out in those moments."
Sanders, though, began the season struggling, batting .182 in Louisiana-Lafayette's first six games. Then came a hitting session on Valentine's Day with Lotief, which Sanders still credits as a turning point.
"I couldn't even tell you exactly what the difference is," Sanders said. "I watch film. It's not a big change. It's adding a little something every week."
UL-Lafayette (20-5, 3-0 SBC) got on the board in the bottom of the third when Kelli Martinez, Kara Gremillion and Haley Hayden started off the inning with singles to score the Cajuns' first run. Aleah Craighton, who extended her reaching base streak to 25 games Sunday, was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
Then game Sanders' grand slam.
UT-Arlington (15-13, 2-4 SBC) scored runs in the fourth and fifth, but Louisiana-Lafayette would end the game via the mercy rule by scoring six runs in the bottom of the sixth, capped by Sanders' three-run home run over the left field wall.
Alyssa Denham (8-1) picked up the victory for the Cajuns, giving up one run on four hits in six innings.
UL-Lafayette now turns its attention to a two-weekend road trip, with three-game series at South Alabama and Georgia Southern.