Bats alive in 13-1 baseball rout of DYC

Release Date:
April 16, 2008
The Office of Sports Information
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NIAGARA FALLS, NY – The Hilbert College baseball team exploded for 17 hits and winning pitcher Brandon Brown (Lyndonville, NY/L.A. Webber) allowed just five hits in the Hawks 13-1 win over D’Youville College Wednesday. With the win the Hawks snap a seven game skid and improve to 3-16 on the season.

Hilbert opened the game with three runs in the first inning and took an 8-1 lead into the eighth where they produced four unanswered runs. The visitor’s plated an insurance run in the ninth before Brown (1-1) got through the bottom of the inning for his first win of the season. On the day, the left-hander finished with six strikeouts but may have done the most of his damage on offense. At the plate, the junior transfer finished four for five with a double, triple, three runs scored, and three RBI.

Hilbert’s Jake Simonick (Orchard Park, NY/Orchard Park) also turned in a solid performance with three hits, a run scored, and an RBI. The Hawks received contributions from 10 different hitters and played error free baseball in the win.

Both teams combined to leave 24 runners on base, but the Hawks forced the Spartans (1-22) into seven errors at Niagara University’s Bobo Field. Losers of 10 straight now, D’Youville got a three-hit day from Zach Smith before Kevin Buffham was charged with the loss.

The Hawks will return to Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference play Thursday with a home make-up double-header with Lake Erie College (7-19, 6-8).

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.