LEC pulls even in AMCC with win at HC

Release Date:
April 17, 2008
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

HAMBURG, NY – Coming off a 13-1 win over local foe D’Youville College on Wednesday, the Hilbert College baseball team came up short on Thursday dropping a double-header to Lake Erie College 11-1, 10-6. With the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) win, the Storm move to 8-8 in league play and solidify fourth place in the standings.

Hilbert trailed 2-0 before Matt Schoepflin (Chaffee, NY/Holland) belted a leadoff homerun in the bottom of the second inning to get the Hawks on the board in game one. Lake Erie would respond with a run in the third, and followed with a busy three-run fifth inning to chase Hilbert starting pitcher Andrew Lotocki (Hamburg, NY/Frontier). The visitors tacked on five more runs in the seventh inning off Hawks’ reliever Paul Pitz (Callicoon, NY/Sullivan West) to put the game out of reach. Hilbert’s Brandon Brown (Lyndonville, NY/L.A. Webber) recorded two of the Hawks six hits off Storm winning pitcher Tim Dempsey, who struck out seven batters to lead the winners.

The Hawks surrender a 5-4 lead midway through game two as the Storm roared back to outscore the hosts 6-1 over the final three innings. Hilbert stranded five runners in the game which saw Hawks starter Dave Cunningham (Cheektowaga, NY/Maryvale) go the distance on the mound, earning three strikeouts to his credit. Schoepflin finished three for four at the plate with his second homer of the day coming in the fourth inning. The second baseman also drove in four runs while crossing the plate twice himself. Frank Simmeth (Cheektowaga, NY/St. Mary’s) singled and doubled while also scoring twice in a losing effort.

Hilbert (3-18, 1-13) will return to action at home on Saturday with a double-header at 1:00 pm against the University of Pitt-Greensburg.

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.