Illinois State's Joe Aeilts hit a walk-off double in the 13th inning Tuesday to beat the Illinois baseball team 7-6 at Duffy Bass Field. It was the longest game in the 89-game history of the Illinois vs. Illinois State series dating back to 1939.
Illinois (20-11) held a 6-4 lead after five innings but was blanked in the final eight frames on three hits. The Illini stranded 14 base runners and Illinois State stranded 13 in the game that featured 440 pitches and lasted 4:47.
Illinois outhit Illinois State 14-8 as the two teams combined for 117 plate appearances. There was a run on an obstruction, an out on an appeal, and plenty of other irregular plays.
Illinois State (18-14) won the game with one out in the 13th on Aeilts' double to left center that was just out of the reach of left fielder Andrew Dyke. Dyke dove full extension on the warning track but could not secure the catch as Derek Parola, who started the inning with a walk, came home to score.
Illinois' bullpen gave the Illini a chance by allowing only three runs in 8 2/3 innings.
Jack Yalowitz led Illinois with four hits, including three doubles, two runs and two RBIs. Kellen Sarver, Cam McDonald and Grant Van Scoy each had two hits with Van Scoy's extending his hitting streak to a career-long 11 games.
Illinois State was led on the mound by Colton Johnson's one-hit effort in 5 1/3 innings. The Redbirds' bullpen shut out Illinois over 8 2/3 innings.
Nick Zouras was 2-for-3 with two doubles and two runs to lead ISU. John Rave finished 2-for-7 with a double, two RBIs and a run.
Illinois snapped a nine-game winning streak against Illinois State. The Illini swept three games from Illinois State earlier this season and won the season series 3-1.
Illinois is back to Big Ten play this weekend for a three-game series at Minnesota.
Illinois State is back in action this weekend at Duffy Bass Field versus Missouri State for a conference three-game series.