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Release Date:
March 28, 2012
Contact:
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

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HAMBURG, NY – The Hilbert College baseball team dropped two Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference games (10-1, and 10-0) to Penn State Behrend in baseball March 28. The Lions took commanding wins to improve to 2-0 in league play while dropping the Hawks to 1-3. 

Hilbert found themselves down 2-0 through three innings before Behrend inched away from the hosts beginning in the fourth. Matt Bittner hit a two run, home run in the fifth which gave the Lions momentum while it took the wind out of the Hawks’ sails. With Behrend scoring two runs in both the sixth and seventh inning and freezing the Hawks bats, they easily won the first game 10-1.

John Babocsi went 2 for 3 and Frank Mancuso earned the lone RBI late in the game when he knocked in pinch-runner Aaron Lawrence for the solo Hawk score. Garrett Pauley took his third loss giving up ten hits with five strike-outs in 4.1 innings.

Hilbert earned six hits in the second bill, but still could not keep the Lions off the bags. Six different Hilbert players earned a hit, with none of them at bat more than three times during the seven innings. The fourth inning looked promising for the Hawks when Ryan Ilardi and Chris Hoak hit back-to-back doubles but a throw to the plate tagged out a potential first run which cooled the rally.  Pat Lagueras earned a double the following inning, but was left stranded on second at the close of the inning. Behrend’s pitching trio earned six strikeouts, with Chad Zurat getting credit for three in his one inning pitched.

Nick Sherman (2-2) opened for the Hawks and went four innings. He struck out two and gave up eight hits. Behrend earned eleven hits with nine RBIs and only tallied three strike outs for the game.

Hilbert (4-10) travels to Penn State Altoona March 31 for their third AMCC contest.

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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.