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Canisius knocked out of NCAAs

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Losses to host Missouri State and Oregon Saturday swept Canisius out of the NCAA Division I baseball championships at Hammons Field.

Pitching, a Canisius strength all season, let down the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament champions, who ended their season with a 34-30 record.

In an elimination game, Oregon scored in every inning but two in handing the Griffs a 12-6 loss. The Ducks had 14 hits. Canisius, which struggled at the bat in a 14-1 loss to Missouri State in its first game, had 11 hits against two Oregon pitchers, but stranded 12 runners and had no extra base hits.

The Griffs scored four times in the fifth inning to cut Oregon’s lead to 8-4. Mike Krisch had an RBI single, Jesse Puscheck singled to send two runs across and another scored on a wild pitch. In the bottom of the ninth Canisius scored twice, one run coming home on a single by Anthony Massicci, who had three hits in the game. Puscheck also had three hits for the Griffs.

Shaun Chase homered with a man on as Oregon jumped to a 4-0 lead in the first inning. The Ducks also had four doubles among their 14 hits against four Canisius pitchers and received seven bases on balls.

Connor Panas led off the first game with a home run for Canisius, but the Griffs managed only two more hits against two Missouri State pitchers. It could have been a lot worse if the Bears hadn’t left 13 runners on base.

Tate Matheny, son of St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny, drove in five runs for Missouri State with two doubles and a grand slam home run.

He batted twice in the Bears’ eight-run sixth inning, leading off with a double and later homering.

The last 15 Canisius batters went down in order against starter Jon Harris and reliever Zach Merciez. Four Canisius pitchers gave up 17 hits and six walks.