Ninth Inning Homer Lifts Illinois Over LSU

Friday, March 6, 2009 - 10:50pm

Illinois scored three unearned runs including a two-out, two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning to hand the top-ranked LSU baseball team its first loss of the season, 3-1, on Friday night at Alex Box Stadium.

With the victory, the Illini (6-1) shattered LSU's 25-game regular-season winning streak. The Tigers fell to 9-1.

Illinois starting pitcher Phil Haig allowed only a solo home run in seven innings to keep the Tigers at bay for most of the night.

LSU starter Anthony Ranaudo was equally as impressive, giving up only run unearned run on four hits in seven innings of work.

Neither figured into the decision, as the game was tied going to the ninth inning.

After Illinois' Casey McMurray reached on a fielding error by first baseman Sean Ochinko to start the ninth, Aaron Johnson hit a two-out home run over the left field bleachers to gain a 3-1 advantage.

In the bottom of the frame, LSU got two men on with one out. However, Nick Chmielewski struck out Chris McGhee and Leon Landry to end the game.