HC Baseball Season Comes to an End

Release Date:
May 4, 2005
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333


May 4, 2005


HAMBURGH, NY – The University of Pitt-Bradford Panthers took two games from the Hilbert College Hawks on Wednesday, winning game one, 5-0, and game two, 13-1.  The doubleheader loss ends the season for the Hawks at 1-24 overall and 1-17 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference.


The visiting Panthers jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead after the first inning and increased their lead with runs in the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings.  Mustering only three hits in the game, the Hawks failed to cross the plate despite having runners in scoring position in the second, third, and sixth innings.  Panthers pitcher Ron Heinrich fanned eight en route to the complete game win, while Hilbert’s Sam Gioia (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) struck out nine in the losing effort.


Game two wasn’t much better for the host Hawks as pitcher Frank Morasco (Memphis, NY/Jordan-Elbridge) was lit up for 15 hits that led to all 13 of UPBs runs during five innings of work.  Hilbert’s Wally Skrzynski (Buffalo, NY/Lackawanna) doubled to start the third inning and scored the Hawks lone run later on a double steal after a Tim Gornikiewicz (Dunkirk, NY/Dunkirk) single.  The Hawks didn’t help themselves by committing four errors and leaving five runners on base while dropping their 10th straight game of the season.  UPB pitchers combined for 10 strikeouts with Jim Butler getting credit for six and the win. 


Morasco suffered the loss for the Hawks, and joins fellow seniors Gioia, Gornikiewicz, Tim Parsell, and Phil Gonser in closing out their collegiate careers.  First year head coach Randy Cialone will look forward to the return of 12 players for the 2006 season.

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.