Frostburg defeats Hilbert for ninth straight win

Release Date:
April 12, 2008
The Office of Sports Information
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FROSTBURG, MD – Allen Peake and Tim Sutcliffe each hit grand slams to lead Frostburg State past Hilbert College in a double-header Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) baseball match-up Saturday. With the 18-2, 23-4 sweep, the host Bobcats (12-9, 8-2) pick up their ninth consecutive win and remain in second place in the AMCC baseball standings.

The Bobcats scored in all six innings including a break-through seven-run third inning to take control of game one. The hosts pounded out 14 hits including three homeruns before sophomore pitcher Joe Garity picked up his first win of the season. The Hawks were held to just three hits and were led by Keith Somerville’s (Holland, NY/Holland) single and run scored. Teammate Thomas Rivera (Hamburg, NY/North Collins) scored the team’s other run as all of Hilbert’s scoring was done in the fifth inning. Dave Cunningham (Cheektowaga, NY/Maryvale) (0-2) suffered the loss for the Hawks after giving up 11 runs on eight hits. The sophomore right-hander did register two strikeouts before being removed after two and two-thirds innings.

Matt Nash (Green Island, NY/Catholic Central) opened game two with a solo homerun to give the Hawks an early 1-0 lead in game two. The Bobcats would respond with seven runs of their own in the opening inning before adding two more in the second and five in the third to build an early lead. Hilbert would keep things interesting with a pair of homeruns from Matt Schoepflin (Chaffee, NY/Holland) and Matt Beagle in the fifth to close the gap to 14-4, but it wouldn’t be enough. The Frostburg bats would heat back up and produce nine more runs over the final two innings to blow the game wide open. Beagle finished three for three on the day and Kevin Murphy (Buffalo, NY/Bishop Timon) turned in a two-hit performance before freshman Andrew Lotocki (Hamburg, NY/Frontier) (0-3) suffered the loss for Hilbert.

Hilbert will remain on the road and prepare for conference foe, and local rival Medaille College (7-10, 3-3) on Tuesday.

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.