St. LOUIS, Mo. -- Missouri State battled from a 4-0 deficit Saturday to tie Saint Louis on Brock Chaffin's two-out double in the ninth, only to lose in the bottom of the last inning on a wild pitch by a 6-5 final at the Billiken Sports Center in St. Louis.
The Bears (15-10) were one strike away from defeat twice in the ninth, but Kevin Medrano singled after an 0-2 count and Brent Seifert walked in the same scenario to set up Chaffin's game-tying two-bagger to left center.
Then in the bottom of the ninth, SLU's Jon Myers hit a leadoff single and got to third base on another single and a sacrifice bunt before scoring when Clay Murphy's pitch hit the dirt and got past Luke Voit.
The game was a pitcher's duel into the sixth, as SLU's Brett Vanover carried a shutout through six innings and Grant Gordon cruised into the sixth with a two-hitter, one of which was a Mike Levine two-out single in the second that put the Billikens (18-9) ahead 1-0.
Saint Louis got to Gordon in the sixth when Steve Fernandez hit a two-run homer, and Connor Gandossy added an RBI single to put the home team ahead 4-0.
The Bears started their comeback in the seventh when Travis McComack hit a leadoff single and Derek Mattea walked before Aaron Conway belted a two-run triple and scored on a wild pitch to make it a 4-3 game. Conway finished 3-for-5 with two doubles and his 13th career triple, tying him for fourth in school history.
SLU got a run back on Myers' RBI double in the bottom of the eighth before Chaffin tied it in the ninth.
Murphy (3-3) took the loss for the Bears after taking over for Gordon in the sixth, while SLU third baseman/closer Travis Parker (2-0) grabbed the win after blowing the save in the ninth.
The teams travel to Springfield for the series finale Sunday at 1 p.m. at Hammons Field.