LEC storms HC softball team

Release Date:
March 26, 2008
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

PAINESVILLE, OH – Lake Erie College carried some hot bats Wednesday afternoon in the Storm’s 12-4, 15-1 double-header sweep of Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) foe Hilbert College. The visiting Hawks allowed 33 hits while stranding 14 runners as they watched their record fall to 1-13 overall and 0-4 in conference play.

Hilbert used a four-hit first inning to ignite an early 4-0 lead in the opener, but allowed the Storm to respond with eight runs over the first two innings. Hilbert had chances to retaliate in the fourth and fifth innings, but couldn’t push runners across the plate. Lake Erie put the game out of reach with another run in the fourth and three more the close the game in the fifth.

Hilbert’s Rachel Parker (Hamburg, NY/Hamburg), Sarah Collins (Lewiston, PA/Indian Valley), and Amanda Rybak (Hamburg, NY/Hamburg) collected two hits each with Stranc and Collins earning doubles. Carrie Sisson (Elma, NY/Mt.Mercy) was charged with the loss after allowing 12 earned runs in just over 12 innings of work.

Game two saw the Storm explode for 11 runs on 10 hits in the bottom of the second inning as 16 batters went to the plate. Hilbert’s Collins singled in the Hawks lone run in the third, but the inning ended with the bases juiced as Hilbert’s offense was shut down. The Storm would tack on four more runs, highlighted by a Jessica Hedrick two-run homer off Hawks reliever Heather Johnson (Tonawanda, NY/Kenmore East) in the fourth to put the game out of reach.

Parker, Sisson, and Johnson singled for the Hawks while Stranc suffered the loss. The lefty was removed after three innings of work and charged with 13 earned runs on 14 Storm hits.

Hilbert couldn’t stop the strong bats of Lake Erie’s Brittney Binko and Mary Beth Hoagland who had six hits each on the afternoon. Britt’nie Bartow and Jessica Hedrick finished the day with four hits apiece as the Storm improved to 7-7 overall and 4-0 in the AMCC.

Hilbert will prepare for their home opener this Saturday at home against AMCC foe Penn State Altoona.

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.