Hilbert nine drop DH to Medaille

Release Date:
April 15, 2008
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

BUFFALO, NY – Playing their 12th and 13th road games of the season Tuesday, the Hilbert College baseball team ran into a Medaille College team looking to get back on the winning track after a six game skid. The host Mavericks lucked-out with some timely hitting to earn a 9-4 win in game one before surviving a seventh inning scare and winning game two 6-4. The double-header win improves the Mavs to 9-12 overall and 5-5 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) while Hilbert drops to 2-16 (1-11).

Hilbert took a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the third inning in game one before Medaille came back with three runs to lead 3-1. The Mavs would blow the game open with a six-run fifth inning before Hilbert responded with three in the six, but it wouldn’t be enough. The Hawks’ Ryan LaCorte (Sloan, NY/JFK) went three for four with a stolen base and run scored before pitcher Matt Beageal (Northville, NY/Wells) suffered the loss after going the distance. The Hawks forced three Mavericks errors but left six runners stranded in the game.

Game two saw the Hawks trailing 6-2 with two outs in the seventh inning before scoring two runs late runs to keep things interesting. With the bases loaded and Hilbert now trailing 6-4, Medaille starting pitcher Lance Roe worked out of a jam to get the Hawks’ Tomas Rivera (Hamburg, NY/North Collins) to ground out and end the game. Hilbert ace Matt Schoepflin (Chaffee, NY/Holland) pitched a solid game allowing seven hits and striking our three in a losing effort. Frank Simmeth (Cheektowaga, NY/St. Mary’s) finished with two hits and Kevin Murphy (Buffalo, NY/Bishop Timon) added a double while scoring two runs to lead the Hawks’ offense. Hilbert again struggled to get timely hitting leaving behind seven base runners in the loss.

The Hawks will stay in the road to face local foe D’Youville College today in a 3:00 pm start at Niagara University.

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.