PROVIDENCE, R.I.--The Keene State College baseball team found it tough going in its Little East Conference opener, falling in both games of a doubleheader to Rhode Island College, 17-3 and 11-1 on Friday.
Keene State has lost six in a row and is 6-10, and 0-2 in the LEC. The Anchormen are 10-4, and 2-0 in conference.
Keene State held a 3-0 lead after one inning, but allowed nine runs in the second and eight in the third as Rhode Island College put the game out of reach.
Joe Libby led off the first with a single, and Tanner Chase doubled him in for the game's first run. After Andy Johnson flew out to center, Trevor Chapin brought in Chase with a double to left center and Kolby Reggione made it 3-0 with a single through the left side.
That would be it for the Owl offense, which would manage three hits in the final six innings. The Anchormen touched KSC starter Julian Haddad for nine runs, all in the second inning, as the Owls committed two errors and Matt Foley and Patrick Rogers hit back-to-back home runs.
It got no better in the third, as RIC sent 11 batters to the plate against KSC reliever Jeff Lunn. Another KSC error, three walks, and three hits led to eight more runs for RIC.
Haddad (1-2) took the loss. Tim Coppinger finished out the final inning for the Owls, with an inning of hitless relief. Dylan Cummiskey threw a complete game for RIC.
Rhode Island College opened the scoring in the second inning on RBI singles from Gian Abbruzzese and Shaun Vigeant.
The Owls pulled one run back in the top of the third, as Libby opened the frame with a double, took third on a wild pitch, and came around on Chapin's sacrifice fly to center field.
The Anchormen broke the game open with five runs against three KSC pitchers in the fifth inning, and tacked on four more in the second.
KSC meanwhile, was limited to five hits against RIC starter Ryan O'Dell, who recorded nine strikeouts in another complete game effort. Vinny Parilla had two hits for the Owls.
The Owls travel to UMass Dartmouth for another LEC doubleheader that begins at noon. The games will be played at Pope Park in Acushnet, Mass.