Lions sneak by baseball Hawks

Release Date:
March 31, 2007
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

HAMBURG, NY – Penn State Altoona held off a late rally by the Hilbert College baseball team to earn a 5-3 win over the Hawks in Hamburg on Saturday. The visiting Lions rallied from a 2-1 deficit to take game two of the doubleheader 5-2 and improve to 7-9 overall and 3-1 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC).

In game one, Hilbert’s Matt Schoepflin (Chaffee, NY/Holland) hit an RBI double to score Derek Steimer (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster) and give the Hawks an early 1-0 lead after one inning. Penn State Altoona would tie the game in the second inning and then add two more runs in the fourth before scoring in the sixth and again in the seventh. The Hawks would add a run in bottom of the sixth to trail 5-2, but were only able to cross the plate once more in their final at bat before falling to 1-9 overall and 1-4 in the AMCC. Hawks pitcher Brain Wedmore (Depew, NY/Depew) was charged with his fourth loss (0-4) of the season despite throwing six strikeouts and allowing two earned runs.

Game two saw the Hawks again take an early 2-1 lead after two innings only to allow two runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth as pitcher Erik Seeger (Orchard Park, NY/Orchard Park) took the loss. Steimer finished the game with two hits while Josh Cahall (Ripley, OH/Ripley) was one for two with a run scored.

The Hawks (1-10, 1-5) will regroup for a non league doubleheader at Grove City College on Tuesday April 3rd.

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.