Sherman Starts Season with No-Hitter

Baseball starts season 1-1 record
Release Date:
March 14, 2010
The Office of Sports Information
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COCOA BEACH, FL - The start of the 2010 baseball season for the Hilbert College Hawks was almost perfect. The team traveled to the Cocoa Beach Expo tournament (Cocoa Beach, Florida), sophomore Nick Sherman pitched a no-hitting going the distance for an 8-1 victory over SUNY New Paltz and the team secured their first win for Coach Jonathan Musialowski who remains hospitalized after a car accident 14 days earlier. But in the night cap, the Hawks were defeated by conference opponent Franciscan University 10-3 putting a blemish on their young season.

The Lancaster high school product, Sherman took the mound and gained confidence as the game progressed. After New Paltz took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on 4 walks, Sherman controlled the game after that by not allowing anyone to get past first base the rest of the 9-inning game. He finished with 15 strike outs and 8 walks. Junior Colby Miller (Rochester, NY/Irondequoit) and sophomore Jim Pernick (Tonawanda, NY/St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute) both went 2 for 5 at the plate and each had 2 RBIs. Also having a good morning with the bat was senior Matt Begeal (Northville, NY/Wells) going 3-4 and earning 1 RBI.
The 4pm non-conference game against Franciscan University was a different story. Junior Ryan LaCorte (Cheektowaga, NY/John F. Kennedy) started on the mound and carried the team until Pernick relieved him in the 5th inning. In the 2nd inning, Franciscan had only one hit, but scored 7 runs off several Hilbert errors.
Hilbert got on the score board in the 3rd inning when Begeal walked and was moved to second base off a Dave Cunningham (Cheektowaga, NY/Maryvale) single. A Franciscan error led to Begeal rounding home for the run, preventing the shutout.
 Pernick started the 6th inning off a sprint to first base and a 3rd base error by Franciscan.  Sophomore Pat Lagueras (Rochester, NY/Charles Finney) wacked a triple sending Pernick home for run number 2. And then freshman Chris Hoak (Hamburg, NY/St. Francis) knocked Lagueras in to finishing the team’s scoring for the day.
The Hawks return to action on Monday, March 15 at 10 am against Nichols College (MA) out of the Commonwealth Coast Conference.

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.