Hilbert baseball team earns split with Franciscan University

Release Date:
March 16, 2008
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

STEUBENVILLE, OH – Pitcher Matt Schoepflin (Chaffee, NY/Holland) went the distance allowing four hits while striking out seven to lift the Hilbert College (1-1) baseball team to a 6-2 win over Franciscan University (1-8) on Sunday. The Barons came back later in the day to win game two of the twinbill, 17-2.

In the first game, the Hawks’ Ryan LaCorte (Sloan, NY/JFK) went three for four with an RBI while Frank Simmeth (Cheektowaga, NY/St. Mary’s) produced two hits, an RBI, and scored a run. Dave Cunningham (Cheektowaga, NY/Maryvale) also chipped in with a hit, an RBI, and two runs across the plate.

Schepflin had two hits, including a triple in game two, but it wasn’t enough as the Barons dominated the scoreboard. Paul Pitz (Callicoon, NY/Sullivan West) added a hit and scored a run while Matt Begeal (Northville, NY/Wells) suffered the loss after allowing five earned runs.

Hilbert will return to action Monday against Geneva College (5-3). The double header in Beaver Falls, PA gets under way at 3:30.

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.