Hilbert Bats Were Hitting RedHawks

Release Date:
April 10, 2011
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

PITTSBURGH, PA – In a break-out day for the Hilbert baseball team, the Hawks found confidence in their hitting but came up short in the run column against La Roche College April 9, losing both games by one run (8-7) and (6-5) dropping to 0-4 in AMCC play. 

Matt Militello (Depew, NY/Lancaster) was 5 for 8 scoring one run (2 RBI) and Frank Simmeth (Cheektowaga, NY/St. Mary’s) went 3 for 6 scoring three runs (1 RBI) for the day. Ryan Fleet (Addison, NY/Addison) led the team with 3 RBI’s going 3 for 6 and scoring one run as well. 

The first game found the Hawks down by seven runs heading into the top of the 7th inning. Hilbert scored six runs after La Roche made a pitching change at the top of the inning to finish the game. Coach Pernick used a variety of pinch-runners once the batters made it to first base safely. Fleet opened the inning up for the Hawks with his single pushing pinch-runner Matt Young (Rochester, NY/Bishop Kearny) across the plate just ahead of Simmeth who scored off a second basemen’s error. Ryan Ilardi’s (Orchard Park, NY/Orchard Park) single sent PR Frank Casey (Buffalo, NY/Leonardo da Vinci) home and continued to move the runners around the bases. 

La Roche made another pitching change after surrendering three runs without any outs. Militello hit a single right away off the new pitcher (Devine) and sent Fleet home to keep the rally alive. Aaron Lawrence (Fishkill, NY/John Jay) grounded out to the pitcher in a sac bunt moving the runners. Chris Hoak’s (Hamburg, NY/St. Francis) single RBI kept the pressure on, scoring Ilardi. The sixth runner to cross for a run was Militello (Jim Pernick RBI). With the third out, La Roche did not have to go to bat at the bottom of the 7th inning.

Game two for the day had a much different start for the Hawks. But a similar finish. The hitting confidence was still there and after two full innings, Hilbert held a 4-1 lead. La Roche chipped away with three runs the next 2 innings while keeping Hilbert from scoring. The Hawks went up by one run in the 6th inning after Simmeth’s single got him on base and Fleet’s double sent the senior home for the 5-4 lead.   La Roche responded at the bottom of 6th and took the lead back 6-5. 

Hilbert’s luck ended after three batters in the top of the 7th. Militello singled, Ilardi grounded out and Hoak hit into a double play clipping the tying runner off on the play to end the game. La Roche did not have to go to bat at the bottom of the 7th inning again.

Hilbert (1-13, 0-4) will travel to Olean, NY to host Mount Aloysius College in an AMCC match-up at the campus of St. Bonaventure 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.