WINTER HAVEN, Fla.--The Keene State College baseball team committed six errors, leading to five unearned runs in a 17-7 loss to William Paterson University on Saturday.
KSC is now 1-2, while the Pioneers are 3-0.
Freshmen John Williams and Christian Bourgea and junior Dustin Howe each had two hits for KSC. Julian Haddad started allowed seven runs, three of them unearned, in 1.2 innings of work. Jake Ciolfi pitched 7.1 innings of relief ball, giving up 10 runs and striking out five.
William Paterson jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the top of the first inning as the first six batters reached base.
The Owls pulled one run back in the bottom of the first thanks to an RBI single by Trevor Chapin, but William Paterson added two more in the second and four in the third for an 11-1 lead.
Another run in the fifth made it 12-1 before KSC got four runs back in the sixth inning.
Howe drew a one out walk, and moved to second on a single by Bourgea. Another walked, this one issued to Zach Rollins, loaded the bases, and WPU reliever Jon Padilla continued to issue free passes, walking Abe Grainger, Dan Sarah, and Billy Hartmann, all with the bases loaded.
Williams reached on an error to bring Grainger around to make it 12-5. The Pioneers would add two more runs in the seventh and three in the eighth to extinguish any hopes of a comeback.
Keene State will continue Florida play with a doubleheader against Western New England University on Sunday night at 6 p.m.