Lady Hawks can’t hold Spartans

Release Date:
April 24, 2008
The Office of Sports Information
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HAMBURG, NY – Local rival D’Youville College snuck out a pair of softball victories over Hilbert College Thursday, stunning the home team 16-13 in game one before coming back for a 9-8 victory in the nightcap. The double setback drops the Hawks to 7-25 on the season while the Spartans improve to 12-20.

The visiting Spartans would erase an early 5-0 deficit in the opener to get within 11-12 heading into the seventh inning. Down to their last out, D’Youville would tie the score and force an eighth inning where they scored four runs on two hits, and a costly error to go up 16-12. Hilbert would score once more in the bottom of the eighth, but it wouldn’t be enough. Pitcher Carrie Sisson (Elma, NY/Mt. Mercy) suffered the loss after coming in to relieve starter Laura Stranc (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) to start the sixth inning. Rachel Parker (Hamburg, NY/Hamburg) produced two hits, including her second homerun of the season to go with three RBIs to lead the Hawks. Teammate Kelly Goodwin (Niagara Falls, NY/Niagara Falls) had a strong outing with three singles and two runs scored.

Game two saw the Hawks trail 4-0 before twice tying the game to enter the seventh inning with the score knotted at 8-8. The Spartans’ Lynette Gorko opened the inning with a double, and scored the eventual game-winning run on a Steffani Pouliot single. Hilbert would use a Stranc double and a Sisson single to put runners on the corners with two outs, but Goodwin grounded out to end the game. Sisson was charged with her second loss of the day after allowing 14 hits to the Spartans. Stranc, Parker, Goodwin, and Amanda Ratajczak (Cheektowaga, NY/Maryvale) finished with three hits each in a losing effort.

Hilbert will remain at home with conference double-headers against Frostburg State on Saturday and Penn State Altoona on Sunday.

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.