LAKE CHARLES — The No. 3 LSU softball team broke out with 13 runs in three innings as the Tigers defeated McNeese State 13-4 in five innings Wednesday night at Cowgirl Diamond.
Eight LSU players had at least one hit, and the Tigers (39-5) drew a season-high 10 walks, leading to four runs in the second inning, five in the third and four more in the fourth.
Finishing with multiple hits were Bailey Landry, who went 2-for-2 with two RBIs and a run; Bianka Bell, who was 2-for-3 with two RBIs; Sahvanna Jaquish, who was 2-for-2 with a double and run; and Sandra Simmons, who went 2-for-2 with three runs and two walks.
The hit of the night, however, belonged to junior outfielder Alayna Falcon, who launched a grand slam — her first college home run — and had a career-best five RBIs and two runs.
Allie Walljasper (11-2) earned the win and needed just 41 pitches to hold the Cowgirls to two unearned runs on one hit with three walks and a strikeout.
Walljasper pitched four innings, giving way to Baylee Corbello, who pitched the final inning and allowed two runs on one hit with a walk and a strikeout.
Two LSU miscues gave the Cowgirls an early 2-0 lead, but McNeese was unable to match the Tigers from that point on, using four pitchers.
Emily Vincent took the loss, allowing four runs on one hit with five walks and a strikeout.
Of the four McNeese pitchers, just one made it through without giving up a walk.
McNeese’s Erika Piancastelli had both of the Cowgirls’ hits, with two RBIs and two runs.
Consecutive walks to Simmons, Dylan Supak and Falcon loaded the bases for LSU in the top of the second inning.
A.J. Andrews hit a deep enough fly to left to drive in Simmons from third to make it 2-1 with two out.
A walk to Landry loaded the bases for LSU, and Bell hit a single through the middle to score two. An error on the throw from center field allowed another run to score, and Bell was thrown out at third to end the inning with LSU up 4-2.
In the third, Jaquish walked, and Kloss and Simmons both singled to load the bases.Supak then hit a sacrifice fly, and Falcon brought in a run on a ground out.
Walks to Sydney Bourg and Andrews loading the bases, and an illegal pitch allowed a arun to score. Landry’s hit to right gave LSU a 9-2 lead.
LSU opens a three-game conference series against Texas A&M at 6 p.m. Saturday at Tiger Park.