Redhawks overpower baseball Hawks

Release Date:
April 7, 2007
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

PITTSBURGH, PA – La Roche College’s Derek Lear threw a complete game four-hitter to beat the visiting Hilbert College baseball team 6-1 on Saturday. The host Redhawks came back later in the afternoon to take the second game 10-0 behind pitcher Phil Avolio’s complete game no-hitter. The pair of losses drops the Hawks to 2-13 overall and 1-7 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC).

In game one, the Hawks trailed 6-0 before Josh Cahall (Ripley, OH/Ripley) scored to avoid the shutout. Lear was on his game striking out seven of the 28 batters he faced despite a supporting defense that allowed three errors in the win. Hilbert’s James Corsaro (Hamburg, NY/Hamburg) produced two hits and an RBI while teammate Brian Wedmore (Depew, NY/Lancaster) was charged with the loss despite fanning eight Redhawks (11-8, 5-3).

Game two saw the home team score once in the first inning and twice in the third before blowing the game wide open with a seven-run sixth inning. Avolio was strong with eight strikeouts and no walks while picking up the win. Hilbert pitcher Erik Seeger (Orchard Park, NY/Orchard Park) recorded five strikeouts, walked five, and was charged with the loss after giving up 10 earned runs in six innings of work.

Hilbert's originally scheduled home doubleheader against the University of Pitt-Bradford on Wednesday, April 11th will now be played on the Panther's home field in Bradford, PA.  The first pitch is scheduled for 1:00 pm. 

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.