Baseball Hawks Hammered by Crusaders

Release Date:
March 15, 2006
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

FORT PIERCE, FL – Alvernia College has justified their number seven ranking in College Baseball Newspaper’s NCAA Division III poll. The Crusaders crossed the plate early and often Wednesday in a 34-3 and 24-3 doubleheader sweep of the Hilbert College Hawks in Fort Pierce, FL. The pair of losses drops the Hawks to 0-6 on the young season.

In the first game, the Hawks led 1-0 after the first inning, but surrendered six runs in the third, before the Crusaders blew the game wide open with 23 runs in the fourth. Hilbert’s Steve Morasco (Memphis, NY/Jordan-Elbridge) took the loss while going three and a third innings before being relieved by Erik Seeger (Orchard Park, NY/Orchard Park).

Josh Cahall (Ripley, OH/Ripley) and Dallas Reinard (Smethport, PA/Smethport) each came through with a single and double while scoring for the Hawks in the loss.

Game two saw the Crusaders take an early 6-0 lead before the Hawks got a run in the third to cut into the early deficit. Alvernia answered back with a 13 run third inning to put the game out of reach. Hilbert starter John Koniniec (Depew, NY/Depew) suffered the loss while allowing 15 runs on nine hits with three strikeouts.

Derek Frentz (Little Valley, NY/Little Valley) had a double and scored a run while Glen Ufalnd (Buffalo, NY/Bishop Timon) had a hit and an RBI while also throwing two innings of relief.

The Hawks will continue play Thursday with a doubleheader against St. Scholastica College before facing Westminister College on Friday.

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.