Helenihi's 3-run shot powers LSU past 'Bama

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HOOVER, Ala. (AP) - Pinch-hitter Derek Helenihi hit a three-run
homer in the seventh inning to lift top-seeded LSU to a 9-6 victory
over Alabama Thursday in an elimination game of the Southeastern
Conference tournament.

Anthony Ranaudo pitched into the eighth for the Tigers (42-16),
who will need to beat either South Carolina or Vanderbilt Friday to
keep hopes for a repeat tournament title alive.

The Tide (37-19) scored three runs in the final two innings but
left the bases loaded in the eighth and two men on in the ninth
against relievers Buzzy Haydel and Matty Ott.

Ryan Schimpf had three hits and scored twice for LSU. Helenihi's
homer had given the Tigers a 9-3 lead after he pinch-hit for Leon

Kent Matthes had an RBI double for the Tide, which went
two-and-out in the tournament.