Behrend Lions sweep softball Hawks

Release Date:
April 26, 2007
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

HAMBURGH, NY – Penn State Behrend raced to a 10-0 win in game one before finishing off Hilbert College 13-5 in game two of an NCAA softball doubleheader in Hamburg. The Behrend Lions’ Julie Koman and Allie Olszowka picked up pitching victories to help the visitor’s improve to 21-12 overall and 11-5 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC).

Hilbert’s Laura Stranc (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West), Sarah Collins (Lewistown, PA/Indian Valley), and Meghan Gollaher (Rochester, NY/Spencerport) produced the Hawks three hits in the first game. Gollaher suffered the loss after allowing seven hits and all 10 runs in the five inning contest. Koman recorded six strikeouts for the winners who scored in each of their appearances at the plate.

In game two, the Hawks struck early with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning to briefly hold the lead. The Behrend Lions responded with a run in the second inning before exploding for three in the third and six more in the fourth to take command. A late three-run Hilbert rally in the fifth inning wasn’t enough and Penn State Behrend had their fourth straight victory. The Hawks’ Christine Libby (Lackawanna, NY/Lackawanna) collected two-hits, including a double while teammate Kelly Goodwin (Niagara Falls, NY/Niagara Falls) cracked a triple and drove in two runs. Stranc earned a single and a double, and collected a pair of RBIs, but surrendered four homeruns and was charged with the loss.

The Hawks will conclude their season at home on Saturday with a doubleheader against Mount Aloysius College. Starting time is scheduled for 11:00 am.

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.