HC Softball Tops UPG; Hawks Clinch Playoff Spot

Release Date:
May 3, 2005
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

HAMBURG, NY – The Hilbert College softball team earned a much needed doubleheader sweep of visiting University of Pitt-Greensburg on Tuesday to clinch a spot in the upcoming Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) Tournament. Hilbert pitcher Meghan Gollaher (Rochester, NY/Spencerport) earned both wins as the Hawks took game one, 9-7, and later game two, 7-5.

In the first game, Pitt-Greensburg took the lead in the second inning, scoring two quick runs on an RBI single by Ranae Janosik and RBI groundout by Katie Bondarenka. The Bobcats threatened for additional runs, but Gollaher was able to pitch out of a bases loaded jam, inducing two consecutive fly ball outs to end the inning.

The Hawks came back strong in the bottom half of the inning, as ten batters came to the plate in a five run frame, capped by a two-out RBI bunt single by Amber Fie (Olean, NY/Olean). A two-out two run single in the third by Pitt-Greensburg pitcher Ashley Gardner would trim Hilbert’s lead to one run, 5-4. After a Nicolette Newton (Forestville, NY/Forestville) solo home run pushed the Hawks lead to 6-4, Hilbert again played long ball in the sixth inning, as Fie’s two-run shot gave the Hawks a commanding 9-4 advantage.

Pitt-Greensburg attempted a rally in the top of the seventh inning, scoring three runs on three hits, but it wasn’t enough as Hilbert held on for the victory. Gollaher went the distance on the mound for Hilbert, striking out three. Fie had two hits and three runs batted in to lead the Hawks offense.

Needing a win in game two to clinch a berth in the AMCC playoffs, Hilbert gained a quick three run advantage in the opening frame. Fie’s RBI single and Newton’s run scoring double highlighted the charge. The Hawks would never relinquish the lead after that, adding a run in the second, and two runs in the third inning on Kim Klein’s (Yorkshire, NY/Pioneer) two run double.

Entering the seventh inning trailing 7-3, Pitt-Greensburg again made things interesting as the first three batters of the inning reached base on base hits. Gollaher regained her composure and struck out the next two batters, then induced a comebacker to the mound to end the game.

Gollaher (10-11) again went the distance on the mound for Hilbert, striking out four and walking none in seven strong innings. Newton continued her dominance of Bobcat pitching, connecting for three hits and giving her six in the doubleheader. Holly Beecroft (Buffalo, NY/Mount Mercy), Kaitlyn Miller (Depew, NY/Depew), Jeanette Testa (Forestville, NY/Forestville), Klein and Fie all had two hits apiece as the Hawks pounded out a season-high 16 hits.

The Hawks (10-12, 8-8 AMCC) complete their regular season on Wednesday, May 4 in a conference doubleheader against first place La Roche College. The game will be played at Penn State Behrend and will begin at 4:00 p.m.

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.