MEDFORD, Mass.--The Keene State College baseball team committed five errors and allowed seven unearned runs in an 8-1 loss to Tufts University in non-conference action on Thursday.
KSC has lost four straight and is 6-8. The Owls are still seeking their first win in New England. Tufts, which was receiving votes in the latest d3baseball.com poll, is now 13-4.
It was a Tufts error that gave KSC its only run of the game. Kolby Reggione reached on a throwing error by Tufts' third baseman Tommy O'Hara and went up to second. A passed ball moved Reggione to third, and he came around to score on Dustin Howe's RBI groundout.
The Jumbos got the only runs they would need in the bottom of the third. Oscar Kutch walked and scored on an error, and a fielder's choice brought in O'Hara.
Tufts added three more runs in the fourth, another in the sixth, and two more in the eighth.
Noah Rizio took the loss, allowing five runs (just one of them earned) in 3.1 innings of work. Kevin Gonzales, Nick Nowak, Nate Pedersen, and Cody Dube all saw time out of the bullpen for KSC, combining to allow three hits and three unearned runs in the final 4.2 innings.
Christian Bourgea had two of the Owls six hits.
The Owls continue their spate of games away from home with a critical weekend of conference play. KSC will travel to Rhode Island College for a noon doubleheader on Friday, then to UMass Dartmouth for a twinbill that starts at noon on Saturday.