Owls fall to FDU-Florham 9-8

Owls fall to FDU-Florham 9-8

WINTER HAVEN, FLA. 3/11/13 – The Keene State College baseball team let one get away on Monday, losing to FDU-Florham 9-8 in the bottom of the ninth inning.

The Owls, who led 6-2 going into the bottom of the sixth inning, relinquished the lead and saw the winning run come home on a dropped fly ball in the bottom of the ninth inning at Chain O'Lakes Park in Winter Haven.  "We didn't deserve to win the game," said KSC Coach Ken Howe.  "We made some mental mistakes.  We need to get better."

The Owls appeared to be in control of the game early, taking a 2-0 lead in the top of the second on a two-run double by freshman Billy Hartmann (Greenland, N.H.).  KSC added to its lead in the third, scoring a run on a wild pitch and fielder's choice

KSC went up 6-2 in the top of the sixth, on back-to-back RBI doubles by sophomore Howie Dietch (Orange, Conn.) and senior Greg Bates (Salem, N.H.)

The Devils took a 7-6 lead with five runs in the bottom the sixth.  Keene State scored two runs in top of the seventh to regain the lead 8-7.  Sophomore Ian Seawards (Dover, N.H.) had a RBI single and sophomore Tyler Estevez brought in the second run with a sacrifice fly.

FDU-Florham tied the game (8-8) with a run in the bottom of the eighth and won it in the ninth.  With a runners on first and second, Brandan Adams lifted a fly ball to the outfield that wasn't caught.

Keene State finished the game with nine hits.  Seawards and Hartmann each had two hits. 

Keene State used five pitchers in the game.  Freshman Ted Christie (Nashua, N.H.) go the start while freshman Cody Dube (Windham, Maine), who came into pitch in the ninth, took the loss.

Keene State (4-6) faces nationally-ranked Wheaton College in Auburndale, Fla. on Tuesday.