Hawks Earn Dramatic Split In First Home Series

Release Date:
March 30, 2009
The Office of Sports Information
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The Hilbert College baseball team earned a split in their first home series of the season on Saturday afternoon (March 28, 2009). The Hawks fell in game one to Penn State Altoona 3-1, and earned a 5-4, come from behind victory over the Lions in the second frame. The split leaves the Hawk’s record at 2-11 overall and 1-3 in AMCC play.

In game one the Hawks managed just three hits and allowed seven Lions to roam the base paths. The Hawks did tie the score at 1-1 in the fourth inning as Junior Dave Cunningham (Cheektowaga, NY/Maryvale) launched a solo home run to right field.

The Lions added  runs in the sixth and seventh to hang on for the victory. Freshman Nick Sherman (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster) took the loss for Hilbert in game 1.

In the second game, the Hawks showed great resiliency. The Lions crawled out to a 4-0 lead, with two runs in the third and two in the fourth. After a scoreless fifth, the Hawks posted three runs in the bottom of the sixth. Junior Keith Somerville (West Falls, NY/Holland) doubled to center field scoring sophomore Ryan LaCorte (Cheektowaga, NY/JFK) and junior Matt Begeal (Northville, NY/Wells).

In the seventh inning, with the Hawks trailing 5-4 with two outs, bases loaded and a full count on sophomore Colby Miller (Rochester, NY/Irondequoit), the catcher singled to center field scoring Begeal and Cunningham, completing the comeback bid.

Sophomore Jake Simonick (Blasdell, NY/Orchard Park) earned the complete game victory for Hilbert. Simonick gave up 11 hits but allowed only four runs with four strikeouts.

The Hawks return to action Tuesday March 31, in a non-league showdown with Fredonia State 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.