One Big Inning Takes Game From Hawks

Hawks score 10 runs, still lose to Altoona
Release Date:
April 19, 2010
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ALTOONA, PA – After building an 8-run lead, Hilbert couldn’t hold Altoona in the bottom of the 4th and allowed ten runs. Subsequent to a pitching change mid-inning, the Hawks didn’t put more runs on the board and lost 12 – 10 in game one of the AMCC double header. Hilbert battled back to tie the game in the second stanza but lost 6-5 in the bottom of the 7th inning. Hilbert’s record drops to 2-8 in conference and 5-17 overall while Altoona moves into a two-way tie for third place in conference (8-4) and 14-16 overall.

Because of Hilbert’s 6 runs scored in the first two innings, Altoona made a pitching change at the top of the 3rd.  Hilbert’s Dave Cunningham (Cheektowaga, NY/Maryvale) and Chris Hoak (Hamburg, NY/St. Francis) hit back to back doubles to keep the momentum going increasing the Hawks lead 10-2. But Altoona exploded with a 10 run, 6 hit, 4th inning to take the game from the Hawks.  Sophomore Pat Lagueras (Rochester, NY/Charles Finney) {photo to right}  relieved fellow soph. Nick Sherman (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster) and pitched his way out of the inning after giving up 2 runs himself. Sophomore Ryan LaCorte (Cheektowaga, NY/John F. Kennedy) (2 for 3, 2 runs), junior Frank Simmeth (Cheektowaga, NY/St. Mary’s) (one hit), and freshman Hoak (2 runs, 1 hit) each had 2 RBI’s for the game.
In the night cap, Hoak took the mound for the first time after the first batter in the 7th inning was hit by pitch. With the score tied and the winning run now on first base, Altoona put Josh Wyandt in as a pinch runner for Ryan Pollicino. A sacrifice bunt moved the runner to second and a simple single up the middle scored the runner giving Altoona a sweep of the Hawks, 6-5. Simmeth led the team again going 3 for 4 with 1 RBI in game two. 
The next game on the score card is Hilbert at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford on Wednesday, April 21st with a 1 pm double header line up. Saturday and Sunday, April 24/25 the Hawks will host AMCC games against La Roche College and a make-up game against Mount Aloysius College. First pitch is set for 1 pm both days.

Hilbert College, located in suburban Hamburg, N.Y., south of Buffalo, is a private four-year college founded in 1957 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. With nearly 1,100 students, Hilbert is a dynamic Western New York college that offers career-focused majors, including one of the top criminal justice programs in the region, and more than 50 minors and concentrations. The college’s engaging, student-centered campus community offers numerous leadership, internship, and service learning opportunities from which students launch successful careers while making positive changes in their communities. The Hilbert Blueprint promotes a well-rounded student experience over four years – starting with the Foundations Seminar in the freshman year, followed by Sophomore Service, Junior Symposium, and culminating with the Senior Capstone. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.