The No. 8 LSU softball team hit its first two home runs of the season and defeated Massachusetts 7-0 on Sunday afternoon to close out the Tiger Classic.
"I thought it was an end to a good weekend," coach Beth Torina said in a release. "We are understanding more and more what we are capable of. We played sloppy in some moments, and we still have some things we need to clean up, but overall it's a good start, and it gives us a good direction to move forward."
After heavy rains left LSU (4-0) without a game Saturday, the Lady Tigers got off to a hot start against UMass. Shemiah Sanchez launched a two-run home run over the left-field fence in the first inning.
Emily Griggs led off the third inning with a triple and scored on Aliyah Andrews' hard-hit single through the right side. Andrews advanced to third and scored on Amanda Doyle's infield hit.
Junior shortstop Amber Serrett closed the scoring with a three-run home run in the fifth.
Allie Walljasper pitched another shutout in her second start, allowing just two hits with four strikeouts.
“It’s easy to root for that kid," Torina said. "She’s such a great person, and a great player and pitcher. You know she just goes out and is so consistent. She is one of the most consistent pitchers I have ever witnessed."
LSU is 4-0 for the first time since 2015, when it started 25-0.
The Lady Tigers' 11-game homestand continues at 6 p.m. Tuesday when they play UL-Monroe on Mardi Gras.