Baseball Hawks earn split with Barons

Release Date:
April 20, 2008
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HAMBURG, NY- Pitcher Ryan LaCorte (Sloan, NY/JFK) allowed five runs on four hits while picking up four strikeouts to lead Hilbert College past Franciscan University 8-5 in the second game of Sunday’s double-header in Hamburg. The visiting Barons, a future Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) member starting next fall, took the first game 16-3.

The opener saw the visitors from Ohio break a 2-2 tie with seven runs in the second inning to gain an early 9-2 lead. The Barons would go on to outscore the Hawks seven to one over the next four innings while pounding out 12 hits in the win. Franciscan ace Ben Liedel cracked a double while also scoring twice, and pitched a complete game allowing just four hits to get the win. The Hawks were led by Keith Somerville (Holland, NY/Holland) who finished with an RBI double while also scoring a run. Andrew Lotocki (Hamburg, NY/Frontier) suffered the loss after going just one and two-thirds innings.

LaCorte pitched a fine second game and also produced a double from the plate to go with two runs scored. In a back and forth battle, Hilbert used consecutive three-run innings through the third and fourth innings to build a lead they would not relinquish. The Barons (6-16-1) forced five errors in the game and later threatened with a run in the sixth, but that’s as close as LaCorte would allow them to get. Brandon Brown (Lyndonville, NY/L.A. Webber) and David Cunningham (Cheektowaga, NY/St. Mary’s) homered for the Hawks, and teammate Jake Simonick (Orchard Park, NY/Orchard Park) joined LaCorte with a double each.

Hilbert (4-21) will return to action Monday afternoon with a 4:00 pm game at Brockport State (15-15-1).

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.