Hawks Swept by La Roche in Friday Doubleheader

Release Date:
May 1, 2005
The Office of Sports Information
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April 29, 2005


PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Junior Wally Skrzynski (Buffalo, NY/Lackawanna) notched two doubles and scored a run, but it wasn’t enough as La Roche College defeated Hilbert College, 10-2, in the first game of a baseball doubleheader on Friday.  The Redhawks also won the second game, 15-1.  The Hawks dropped to 1-22 on the season, and 1-15 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference. 


La Roche took the early lead in the first inning of game one, as a double by Nick Wendall scored Dustin Kuhn to produce the first run of the game.  Wendall later scored on a single by Varinder Gill, giving the Redhawks an early 2-0 lead. 


After allowing another run in the second, Hilbert got on the board in the third inning.  Skrzynski led off the inning with a double, and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Arthur Giles (Mayville, NY/Chautauqua Lake).  Skrzynski would score on an error by the shortstop, and Dallas Reinard’s (Smethport, PA/Smethport) two-out RBI single trimmed the deficit to 3-2. 


The Redhawks came back with a vengeance in the bottom half of the inning, scoring four runs to extend their lead to 7-2.  La Roche would tack on three more in the fourth inning to round out the scoring.


Frank Morasco (Memphis, NY/Jordan Elbridge) took the loss for the Hawks, allowing 10 runs and 12 hits over five innings. 


The second game saw La Roche College jump out to a big lead in the first inning, as walks to three of the first four batters led to six Redhawk runs.  First baseman Darin Sharek produced a two-run double to lead the charge.  Hilbert starter Dave Plaza (Buffalo, NY/Lackawanna) struggled with his control all afternoon, as he allowed two more walks in the second inning that helped build the Redhawks lead to 9-0.  Plaza allowed six walks and six hits over two innings.


La Roche continued the onslaught in the third and fourth innings, and took a commanding 13-0 lead going into the sixth inning.  The Hawks finally got on the board in that inning, as Sam Gioia (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) singled, stole a base and was batted in on a hit by Matt Markott (Angola, NY/Lake Shore).


Plaza suffered the loss on the mound for Hilbert.  Markott and Skrzynski each had two hits for the Hawks, who suffered their eighth consecutive loss.


Hilbert looks to put an end to their current losing streak on Wednesday, May 4 at home against the University of Pitt-Bradford.  The conference doubleheader will begin at 1:00 p.m.

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.