HC earns softball split with Naz

Release Date:
April 7, 2008
The Office of Sports Information
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HAMBURG, NY – Amanda Rybak’s (Hamburg, NY/Hamburg) pinch-hit single in the bottom of the eight inning scored Amanda Ratajczak (Cheektowaga, NY/Maryvale) to give Hilbert College a 7-6 win over Nazareth College (7-9). The visiting Golden Flyers worked overtime to take game two 13-10 in eight innings.

In the opener, Hilbert erased a 3-0 deficit with a five-run third inning before Nazareth tied the game with their fifth run coming in the top of the seventh. The Golden Flyers would take a 6-5 lead heading into the bottom of the eighth, before Hilbert’s Heather Johnson (Tonawanda, NY/Kenmore East) singled in Kelly Goodwin (Niagara Falls, NY/Niagara Falls) to knot the game at 6-6. Ratajczak then doubled to set up Rybak’s game-winning heroics.

Hawks pitcher Laura Stranc (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) picked up the win throwing four strikeouts, and also finished three for four at the plate with an RBI. Goodwin continued her strong play with two hits, two runs scored, an RBI, and a stolen base, and Johnson chipped in with two hits, including a double to go with a pair of RBI.

The Hawks would take a 7-1 lead into the top of the fifth inning of game two before the Golden Flyers would start their rally. Nazareth plated four runs in the fifth and two more in the seventh to tie the score at 7-7 as both teams prepared for extra innings. In the eighth, Nazareth would score six runs highlighted by a Christa Harris three-run dinger to open up their biggest lead of the afternoon. Hilbert would respond with a three-run eighth, but it wasn’t enough as both teams settled for a split on the day.

Hilbert was paced by Rachel Parker’s (Hamburg, NY/Hamburg) two singles and three RBI. Stranc and Sarah Collins (Lewiston, PA/Indian Valley) each added two hits with Stranc suffering the loss in relief of Carrie Sisson (Elma, NY/Mt. Mercy). Laura Persico led the winners with four hits including two home runs.

Hilbert College (4-16) will prepare to face conference foe the University of Pitt-Bradford on Wednesday with the first pitch scheduled for 3:00 pm in Hamburg.

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.