Hawks Split on Last Day of Cocoa Beach Tourney

Finish the week with 3-5 record
Release Date:
March 22, 2010
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COCOA BEACH, FL – The southern trip for the Hilbert College baseball team ended on Friday, March 19 with back to back games before the team headed back north to New York. During the morning meeting, the Hawks struggled to find the ball on offense and dropped the game against Nichols College 19-0; they recovered in their 17-12 victory over Norwich University in the early afternoon clip. Hilbert, under the direction of Chet Musialowski down south, return to Hamburg for the start of their regular season slate with a 3-5 record.

The 9 am start against Nichols was a rematch from an earlier 9 inning game played on day two of the tournament when the Hawks dropped a 6-4 decision. This game remained scoreless until the top of the 4th inning then the Bisons took at 3-run lead. Once Nichols broke the seal, the flow of runs began to fill the stats sheet and Hilbert couldn’t recover. Ryan LaCorte (Cheektowaga, NY/John F. Kennedy) was on the mound for a majority of the innings but was relieved by Matt Militello (Depew, NY/Lancaster) in the 8th. The Hawks finished the game scoreless with only 3 hits – two by junior Colby Miller (Rochester, NY/Irondequoit) and one by sophomore Jim Pernick (Tonawanda, NY/St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute). 
The Hawks came out swinging in the afternoon match against Norwich and hit the score board early and often. Norwich made a pitching change at the top of the 3rd inning after Hilbert stood in control with an 8-4 lead. Their adjustment  was to Hilbert’s benefit as they went on an 8-run tear to break open the game. Senior Dave Cunningham (Cheektowaga, NY/Maryvale) hit a 3-run homer to lead the charge of 8 hits and 8 runs for the 12 batters up. Norwich attempted to come back during their at-bats, but Pernick, from behind the plate, threw a runner out at second  trying to steal. This first-out slowed the momentum and Hilbert got out of the inning with Norwich stranding 2 runners on base. Junior Jake Simonick (Blasdell, NY/Orchard Park) secured his first win of the season with 3 strike outs. Hilbert dominated with 23 hits and 15 RBI’s. 
Hilbert’s first game in the cold weather will be against AMCC opponent Mount Aloysius College on Saturday, March 27 with 1 pm double header start on campus. The team then travels to Rochester for a double header against Rochester Institute of Technology. The RIT game will be played at Webster Thomas high school’s turf field at 1 pm.

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.