HC Suffers DH Defeat to UPB

Release Date:
April 19, 2006
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

HAMBURG, NY – The Hilbert College softball team suffered a pair of losses Wednesday to the University of Pitt-Bradford Panthers, 10-1 and 18-7, in an Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) doubleheader. The Hawks record falls to 5-19 overall, and 3-10 in AMCC play.

Pitt-Bradford got on the board early in the first game as the Panthers second batter, Michelle Pushinsky hit a solo homerun to give the visitors an early 1-0 lead. The Hawks would score in the second inning as Amber Fie (Olean, NY/Olean) platted Lacy John (Scio, NY/Scio) to knot the game at one. The top team in the AMCC would tack on nine unanswered runs in the next three innings to blow the game wide open.

The Hawk offense was limited to six hits off of winning pitcher Kristy Zavinski as she improved to 14-4 on the season. John would finish the day going two for three with a double and a run scored as Meghan Gollaher (Rochester, NY/Spencerport) suffered the loss on the mound for Hilbert.

In game two, the Hawks overcame a three-run first inning by Bradford by putting up six unanswered runs after two innings of play. Hilbert would put together a string of six hits, plating five runs in the second inning to give the host team an early 6-3 lead.

The lead would not last as the Panthers would score four runs in the top half of the third including a homerun by Brittany McLean. After UPB knocked in two more runs in the fourth, the Hawks would answer with a Gollaher hit a single that brought home Fie to close the gap to 9-7. However, a big nine run seventh inning would seal the Hawks fate as the Panthers improved to 31-5 (16-2).

Gollaher would finish the game with two hits and a run batted in while suffering her second loss of the day. Freshman Kelly Goodwin (Niagara Falls, NY/Niagara Falls) would also add two hits, two runs, and steal a base in the losing effort.

The Hilbert College softball team will look to put an end to a five-game skid on Friday, April 21st in a conference doubleheader against Mount Aloysius College. The first game is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. and will be played at Penn State Behrend in Erie, PA.

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.