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CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) -- An Oregon State baseball pitcher has been suspended after being accused of assaulting a clerk trying to close a store.

Corvallis police allege that 21-year-old Clay Jacob Bauer forced his way into the University Market about 1 a.m. Saturday seeking chewing tobacco and cigarettes.

An officer's affidavit says he was told the store was closing, chased an employee, grabbed him by the neck and shoved him against a display door.

As Bauer left the store, the affidavit says, he punched the front doors and shattered the glass. The Corvallis Gazette-Times (http://bit.ly/19EJl8o) reports Bauer was arrested half an hour later.

He pleaded not guilty Monday to burglary, assault and criminal mischief charges. He was released on $25,000 bail.

Coach Pat Casey said Monday Bauer was suspended for violating team rules.

According to the school's website, he has pitched once for the Beavers, against San Diego State last February. He had one strikeout in one and a two-thirds innings, facing eight batters.

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