For the second straight day, the Canisius College baseball team lost its chance at a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship in extra innings.
Manhattan College beat Canisius, 3-2, in 11 innings in the final, winner-take-all game of the double-elimination tournament Sunday before 287 at Troy's Joe Bruno Stadium.
On Saturday, second-seeded Canisius (33-27) was two outs away from the MAAC title and its accompanying automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament before top-seeded Manhattan (33-25) tied the game in the bottom of the ninth, then scored a run in the 10th for a 5-4 win.
The Golden Griffins had a great start to Sunday's game, scoring two runs on two walks and a hit off of Jaspers starter Matt Jordan. Jordan was pulled without getting an out, and Taylor Sewitt came on in relief.
Did he ever.
Sewitt pitched 11 shutout innings in relief to earn the win and tournament MVP honors. The senior earned three of Manhattan's four wins by pitching 22 scoreless innings as he threw 296 pitches and recorded 20 strikeouts over the weekend. Sewitt (11-1) allowed five hits, walked three and struck out five in Sunday's 153-pitch effort.
Manhattan came out of the loser's bracket to win its second straight title, one that was clinched when junior Kyle Murphy lined an RBI single up the middle in the top of the 11th to score Yoandry Galan. All Canisius could get in the bottom of the inning was one single.
Murphy's game-winner came off of Jon Fitzsimmons, the seventh pitcher used by Canisius. Aaron Casper was charged with the loss after walking Galan to start the 11th. Freshman starter Rohn Pierce (Newfane) allowed two runs on seven hits in six innings.
Freshman Mike Krische led off the bottom of the first with a single and when sophomore Jose Torralba and freshman Connor Panas followed with walks, Jordan was pulled. Sophomore Jimmy Luppens greeted Sewitt with a single up the middle to give Canisius a 2-0 lead after the first inning.
Canisius could never get a runner past first base in the final four innings and did not get a runner to third base after the first inning. Manhattan scored single runs in the third and fourth to make it 2-2.
Freshman Zach Lauricella (Clarence) blasted a home run, had two RBIs and earned All-Tournament team honors in helping St. John's to a 7-3 victory over South Florida in the Big East Tournament championship game at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla.
In the Super Regionals in NCAA softball, the season ended for ninth-ranked Missouri and starting shortstop Corrin Genovese (Williamsville North). After Missouri won, 5-1, in 12 innings Sunday afternoon, Louisiana State won the deciding game of the three-game series, 3-1, in the evening. Genovese was 1 for 6 in the win and 1 for 3 in the loss.