Ilardi Helps Power Hawks Past Mounties

Release Date:
April 11, 2011
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

OLEAN, NY - Ryan Ilardi (Orchard Park, NY/Orchard Park) went 4 for 4 and scored one run as the Hawks split their AMCC league games with Mount Aloysius College April 10 at St. Bonaventure University. Hilbert claimed their first conference win with a 3-2 shutdown over the visitors from Cresson, PA and then suffered a 14-5 drubbing in the afternoon game.

Junior Chris Hoak (Hamburg, NY/St. Francis) opened up the game with a 2nd inning triple and crossed the plate on a wild pitch to put Hilbert on the board first. The action got hot again for the Hawks in the bottom of the 4th when freshman Frank Mancuso (Cheektowaga, NY/Cheektowaga) and Hoak scored off a Nick Sherman (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster) and Ryan Fleet (Addison, NY/Addison) RBI, putting the visiting home team up 3-0.

Mount Aloysius responded in the 5th after Aaron Kovach worked his way around the bases closing the gap to 3-1.  In the top of the 6th, after the Hawks went a quick three-up and three-down at the plate, the Mounties continued to chip away at the lead. Kovach reached first base off an error by Hilbert’s second baseman which pushed Kyle Rose home for another run. 

Freshman Grant Decz (Cheektowaga, NY/Cleveland Hill) carried the team on the mound through 5 innings with support from Pat Lagueras (Rochester, NY/Charles Finney) and Sherman.  Hilbert was able to escape with the win off solid pitching and great defense behind the mound.

After a 25-minute break to re-tool the field, the Mounties started the second game on a mission. Bryan Nolan walked, stole the next two bases then scored off a wild pitch before the second batter even had to swing at the ball. Hilbert responded with 2 runs of their own when Jim Pernick (Tonawanda, NY/St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute) whacked a double sending 2 runners home to tie the score.

MAC kept the pressure on with a five hit, 5-run inning high-lighted by a Rose triple in the second inning. Then at that point, Hilbert’s offense cooled, while the Mounties continued to inch away with runs each inning. 

Senior Frank Simmeth (Cheektowaga, NY/St. Mary’s) went 2 for 4 with 1 RBI and Matt Militello (Depew, NY/Lancaster) went 2 for 4 scoring once in the loss.

Hilbert (1-5, 2-14) has a few days before their home-opener scheduled for April 13 against Pitt-Bradford (4-4, 14-9).



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.