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Missouri State tops Saint Louis 9-8 in NCAA elimination game

June 3, 2018
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Missouri State's Drew Millas, right, scores the winning run as Saint Louis catcher James Morisano, left, takes the throw in the bottom of the ninth inning in the NCAA college Oxford Regional baseball game in Oxford, Miss., Sunday, June 3, 2018. (Bruce Newman/The Oxford Eagle via AP)

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Matt Brown’s single scored Drew Millas from second base with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, lifting Missouri State to a 9-8 win over Saint Louis after the Bears surrendered a two-run lead late in an NCAA regional elimination game Sunday.

The winning hit off Ryan Lefner (1-5) came after Nick Reeser hit a tying, two-out single in the top of the ninth against Missouri State closer Connor Sechler (7-1), who got the victory.

The Bears (40-16) advanced to another elimination game scheduled for later Sunday in the Oxford Regional against the Mississippi-Tennessee Tech loser.

Saint Louis is 0-8 in four regional appearances since 2006.

Cole Dubet’s solo homer in the eighth got the Billikens (38-20) within a run after the Bears had a three-run seventh that included leadoff man Hunter Steinmetz’s third run-scoring hit — a tiebreaking single. Steinmetz had a solo homer in the fourth and another RBI single in the second.

Jack Duffy connected on a three-run homer in the first after the Billikens scored four runs in the top of the inning on James Morisano’s two-run double and Dubet’s two-RBI single.

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