Baseball Hawks drop double-header to Mounties

Release Date:
March 24, 2008
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OLEAN, NY – Conference foe Mount Aloysius College earned a double-header sweep of Hilbert College Monday afternoon at St. Bonaventure University’s Fred Handler Park at McGraw-Jennings Field. The Mounties came from behind to take game one 6-4 before erupting for a 16-1 victory in the nightcap of the conference opener for both teams. With the loss, the Hawks fall to 1-5 overall and 0-2 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) baseball standings.

Hilbert held a 1-0 lead through the first three innings of game one until the Mount tied the game in the top of the fourth. The Mounties would use a three hit fifth inning and some clever base running in the sixth to tack on five more runs and up their lead to 6-1. The Hawks would answer in the bottom of the seventh inning as an RBI double by Frank Simmeth (Cheektowaga, NY/St. Mary’s) highlighted a three-run rally that fell just short. Matt Schoepflin (Chaffee, NY/Holland) finished the game with a double while scoring the first run of the game. The right-hander was charged with the loss after going the distance and throwing five strikeouts, and allowing just one walk.

The Mounties broke a 1-1 tie with a six-run third inning in game two before blowing the game wide open with eight more runs in the fifth and one in the seventh. Hilbert pitcher Matt Begeal (Northville, NY/Wells) suffered the loss after allowing 11 of the Mounties 19 hits. Simmeth reached base three times earning two singles and a walk and Tom Rivera (Hamburg, NY/North Collins) doubled to lead the Hawks offense. Mount Aloysius got three hits each from Bryan Nolan and Ryan Brandon who improved to 9-8 (2-0) with the win.

Hilbert will return to their home away from home in Olean on Friday for a double-header with Lake Erie College. 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.