Hawks Claim Victory in Extra Innings

Split the day with Franciscan
Release Date:
March 18, 2010
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COCOA BEACH, FL – Hilbert College baseball team members and coaches were excited for the come from behind 6-5 victory over conference opponent Franciscan University of Steubenville in the first game of the double header on March 18. For the second time this season, Nick Sherman (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster) pitched a complete game for the win (9 strike outs, 3 walks).  It took 8 innings to outscore the Barons in game one. Results of game two of the double header swayed back to Franciscan who claimed the 6-2 victory, evening the score for the day’s games.

Franciscan took an early 1-0 lead after 2 innings in the 1 pm game, and then in the 4th inning they built the lead to 4-0. The Hawks got themselves back in the game by hitting the ball, stealing bases and a few walks. Matt Militello (Depew, NY/Lancaster) ran home for the first score off a Colby Miller (Rochester, NY/Irondequoit) single. After the bases were loaded (Miller, Matt Begeal (Northville, NY/Wells) - single, and Frank Simmeth (Cheektowaga, NY/St. Mary’s) - walk) Dave Cunningham (Cheektowaga, NY/Maryvale) walked, pushing Miller home for score number two. Keith Somerville (West Falls, NY/Holland) whacks a good single getting Begeal and Simmeth around the bases to tie the score at 4-4.
Hilbert was able to end the 6th inning with a double play to keep the score knotted at 4. It looked as if the Hawks were going to score in the bottom of 7th for the win, but Tyshon Williams was thrown out at the plate to end the inning and force extra play.
8th inning finds Franciscan moving a runner around the bags to take a 5-4 lead, but the Hawks fight back again. Jim Pernick (Tonawanda, NY/St. Joe’s Collegiate Institute) starts the order off with a homerun and brings life to the team. Miller gets a walk to 1st, Begeal commits a sacrifice bunt to move Miller to second. Simmeth is walked and a pass ball moves both runners up another bag. After a Cunningham strike out, Somerville (2 for 3, with 3 RBI’s) hits a long deep ball to center field for a double and Miller runs home securing the victory for the team.
The Hawks maintained the timing at the plate and their keen eye on the ball as they quickly took a 2-0 lead after the 1st inning in game two. Ryan LaCorte (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster) doubled, and waited on second base for Pernick to knock him home on a single. Pernick moved around the bags off a Franciscan error, a Miller single and a Begeal’s long sacrifice fly to score, now making it 2-0.
After that inning, the Hawks were blanked. The Barons put one run on the board in the 2nd and two more in the 3rd. The team from Ohio finished their scoring by the 5th inning for the 6-2 victory over the Hawks.
Begeal carried the team thru 4 and 2/3 innings on the mound and Cunningham came in for relief. The Maryvale graduate shut down Franciscan but the Hawks couldn’t put any more runs across home plate. Begeal (1 RBI) had 4 strike-outs, gave up 2 walks, and 9 hits; Cunningham had 1 strike out and gave up 2 walks.  Offensively, Franciscan outhit the Hawks 9-8.   In game two, LaCorte and Pernick (1 RBI) went 2-4 while Miller was 2 for 3.

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.