Lions roar in double-header sweep of Hawks

Release Date:
March 29, 2008
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ALTOONA, PA – The Penn State Altoona baseball team earned its first conference victory of the 2008 season on Saturday with a double-header sweep of visiting Hilbert College. The Lions took game one 18-1 before coming back and winning the nightcap 12-5 while watching their record improve to 6-8 overall, and 2-0 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC).

In the opener, five different Lions had two-hits each as the home team scored in every inning, including back-to back six run outings to open the game. Hilbert’s Keith Somerville (Holland, NY/Holland) would score the Hawks lone run in the fifth but it wouldn’t be enough. The visitor’s were charged with seven errors and stranded 11 runners before Matt Schoepflin (Chaffee, NY/Holland) suffered the loss on the mound. Dave Cunningham (Cheektowaga, NY/St. Mary’s) had two of Hilbert’s seven hits including a double in a losing effort.

In game two, the Hawks would hang with the Lions until an 11-run third-inning chased Hilbert starting pitcher Andrew Lotocki (Hamburg, NY/Frontier) from the mound. The Hawks would try to make things interesting with one run in the fifth, three in the sixth, and another in the seventh, but it wasn’t enough. Hilbert’s Frank Simmeth (Cheektowaga, NY/St. Mary’s) earned three hits while Schoepflin and Somerville each singled and doubled to lead the offense. Cunningham (Cheektowaga, NY/Maryvale) pitched solid in relief picking up a pair of strikeouts while allowing four hits, one run, and no walks, while also helping his cause with a single from the plate.

Penn State pitchers enjoyed success with a combined 16 strikeouts while walking just five of the 65 batters they faced on the day.

The Hawks (1-7, 0-4) will look to return to action against Rochester Institute of Technology on Thursday, 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.