Soaring Eagles take DH from Hawks

Release Date:
March 24, 2008
The Office of Sports Information
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ELMIRA, NY – Elmira College pounded out 23 hits in a double-header sweep of Hilbert College in NCAA Division III softball action Monday afternoon. The visiting Hawks stranded 16 runners on base while failing to solve the Soaring Eagles pitchers who produced 13 strikeouts on the day. Elmira took the first game 5-1 before returning to capture the nightcap 8-6 as the Soaring Eagles improve to 2-5 overall.

In game one, Elmira took a 3-0 lead into the top of the fifth inning before Hilbert got on the board. Sophomore Sarah Collins’ (Lewiston, PA/Indian Valley) two-out RBI single scored freshman Amanda Ratajczak (Cheektowaga, Maryvale) but the Hawks would strand two runners as their best chance for offense was halted as sophomore Rachel Parker (Hamburg, NY/Hamburg) grounded out to end the inning. Elmira added a run in the bottom of the fifth and closed out the scoring with an insurance run in the sixth to put the game out of reach.

Elmira’s Cassandra Bishop led the finished with three hits while teammate Gabrielle Ignatti singled, doubled, scored two runs, and swiped two bases. Hilbert was paced by freshman Heather Johnson’s (Tonawanda, NY/Kenmore East) two hits. Senior Laura Stranc (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) added a single, but was charged with the loss after allowing five runs on 12 hits.

Elmira would open the second game with five runs in the first two innings before a three-run third got Hilbert back in the game. The home team would add two more runs before the Hawks scored three runs on three hits in the fifth to trail 7-6, but left two runners on base as the inning came to a close. The Soaring Eagles scored once more in the sixth for a two-run lead, but Hilbert failed to score in the seventh despite having runners on the corners.

Hilbert sophomore pitcher Carrie Sisson (Elma, NY/Mt. Mercy) suffered the loss after allowing eight earned runs on 11 hits. Stranc, Collins, and junior Kelly Goodwin (Niagara Falls, NY/Niagara Falls) collected two hits each in a losing effort. Elmira’s Katrina Katen and Caitlyn Roman combined for four hits, three runs, and six RBIs to pace the winners.

Hilbert (1-11) will return to action Wednesday at conference foe Lake Erie College.

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.