UPG Bobcats handle baseball Hawks

Release Date:
April 21, 2007
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

GREENSBURG, PA – The Bobcats of the University of Pitt-Greensburg moved closer to locking up a conference playoff bid with a double header sweep of Hilbert College Saturday afternoon at Ridilla Field. The host Bobcats dominated game one 17-3 before returning to win game two 17-4 to improve to 9-7 and gain sole possession of third place in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC).

In game one, Hilbert scored in the first inning to take an early 1-0 lead, but their advantage was short lived. UPG answered with five runs in the bottom of the first, three in the second, and three more in the third to take control. Bobcats’ pitcher John Skeels limited the Hawks to just five hits on the day while picking up his first win of the season. Hilbert’s Matt Schoepflin (Chaffee, NY/Holland) collected two hits, including a double while adding a pair of RBIs, but the Hawks stranded 11 runners on base while committing four errors in the contest. Hilbert hurler Brian Wedmore (Depew, NY/Lancaster) (0-6) was charged with the loss after going the first three-innings and allowing eight hits and 11 runs.

UPG scored nine runs in the first inning to open game two wide open en route to evening their record at 13-13 on the year. The Hawks would try to answer with runs in the second, third, and fourth innings, but the damage was already done. The Bobcats rode the strong arm of winning pitcher Mike Zukowski who went five innings while fanning seven of the 21 batters he faced. Hilbert’s Erik Seeger (Orchard Park, NY/Orchard Park) suffered the loss after getting chased in the first inning and reserves James Corsaro (Hamburg, NY/Frontier) and Keith Somerville (Holland, NY/Holland) were ineffective in relief. Derek Steimer (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster) was a bright spot for the Hawks with a two-for-four performance from the plate while scoring two runs.

Hilbert (5-16, 2-10) will regroup quickly for a battle with conference foe Frostburg State (18-12, 6-4) on Sunday at home starting at 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.