AUBURNDALE, Fla.--The Keene State College baseball team ended its trip to Central Florida with a 7-2 loss to Clarkson University on Saturday.
The Owls are 6-5 this season. Clarkson is now 10-1.
Joe Libby had a pair of hits for the Owls, who managed just seven in total against Clarkson starting pitcher Jeremy Barber.
The Knights got all the runs they would need in the top of the first inning. Will Coleman was hit by a pitch and Chris Miller walked, and Coleman came around to score on a single to center field by Greg Jasek. Dom Pirro brought in both Miller and Jasek with a double to center.
Clarkson would put up two more runs in the third inning with RBI singles by Jasek and Ben Knauf. Keene State got on the board in the sixth when Andy Johnson doubled with two out. Johnson took off for third, and the ball was thrown into the outfield for a 5-1 score.
After Clarkson scored two more times in the top of the eighth, Keene State added their last run in the bottom of the ninth when Christian Bourgea walked and came home on an RBI double off the bat off Austin Marino.
Noah Rizio took the loss, allowing five runs in 2.1 innings of work. Keith Simpson was stellar in relief, surrendering just a pair of hits and striking out three in 4.2 innings. Nate Pedersen and Jake Ciolfi each pitched an inning as well.
KSC's game scheduled for Monday against Fitchburg State has been postponed, with no makeup date yet announced. The next scheduled game for the Owls is a trip to Babson College on Thursday, with the first pitch scheduled for 3:30 pm.