Back-to-Back Home Runs in Bottom of the Sixth Secure Comeback Victory for Hawks

Sweep Franciscan in AMCC Play
Release Date:
May 1, 2010
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Hamburg, NY:   Down five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning was an all too familiar situation for the Hilbert Softball team. Senior Rachel Parker (Hamburg, NY/ Hamburg) and freshman Emili Ripley (Batavia, NY/ Notre Dame Catholic) each hit a 2-RBI home run in the bottom of the sixth inning to secure the 7-6 comeback  victory for the Hawks and an AMCC sweep.  The Hawks defeated Franciscan University of Steubenville in the first game 5-3. The Hawks improve to 11-19 on the season and 5-13 in the AMCC.

After three innings of action, Franciscan took an early 3-1 lead. The Barons would extend their lead to five after earning one run in the fifth and two more in the sixth to hold a 6-1 advantage.
Senior Melissa Radder (Cheektowaga, NY/ Sacred Heart) started things off for the Hawks in the bottom of the sixth with a single. With two outs, Amber Grosch (Depew, NY/ Depew) hit a double to score Radder. Grosch would cross home plate off a base hit from junior Amanda Ratajczak (Cheektowaga, NY/ Maryvale). Parker would hit her third home run of the season over the center field fence scoring two runs to eliminate the five run deficit and cut the Baron lead to one (6-5). With Sarah Collins (Milroy, PA/ Indian Valley) on base, Ripley stepped up to the plate as the go-ahead run. Ripley connected on the first pitch crushing the ball over the fence for the second 2-RBI home run of the inning.
Two runs would score giving the Hawks the 7-6 lead and result in another comeback victory. {2010 Senior Day--Picture left to right, Sarah Collins, Rachel Parker, Carrie Sisson, Meilssa Radder}
This marks Ripley’s first home run of her collegiate career.                      
Rebecca Sutton earned the 7-6 win for Hilbert pitching seven innings and striking out eight of Barons batters.
Game one also went to the Hawks completing their AMCC sweep.  Grosch went 2-for-3 and scored two runs. Collins earned her third triple of the year in the 5-3 victory.
The Hawks will play their final game of the season on Thursday, May 6, at 1 p.m. against conference foe Pitt-Greensburg.


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.