Hilbert Opens Day 1 of Tournament with a Victory

Hawks win 4-3 in bottom of the 7th
Release Date:
March 14, 2010
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MYRTLE BEACH, SC - The Hilbert women’s softball team opened up their season on Sunday, March 14, in Myrtle Beach, SC at the Fast Pitch Dreams tournament. Opening day saw the Hawks excited and ready for action as they came up victorious in a back and forth battle defeating UMass-Dartmouth 4-3. Second baseman Jill Martucci (Hamburg, NY/ Hamburg) had the game winning hit in the bottom of the 7th inning on a drag bunt which allowed senior Carrie Sisson (Elma, NY/ Mt. Mercy) to cross home plate and secure the victory.

UMass-Dartmouth jumped on the score board first taking the 1-0 advantage in the top of the first. Hilbert answered back in the bottom of the second inning when senior shortstop, Rachel Parker, (Hamburg, NY/ Hamburg) reached second base on an error by UMass-Dartmouth’s third baseman.  During the next batter Parker would advance to third on a passed ball.  Sophomore Halsey Baker (Scio, NY/ Scio) earned an RBI sending Parker home on a ground out to second base which ended the inning and tied the game at 1-1.
Hilbert would take the lead in the bottom of the 5th when Amanda Ratajczak (Cheetowaga, NY/ Maryvale) singled to left field sending senior Melissa Radder (Cheektowaga, NY/ Sacred Heart) to third base. Radder would score on passed ball giving the Hawks the 3-1 edge.
In the top of the 6th , UMass would eliminate the 2 run margin when Emily Surprenant crossed home plate on an identical passed ball play which Hilbert’s Radder scored on in the previous inning. UMass’s offensive momentum carried into the top of the 7th inning tying the game at 3-3 of an RBI from Breanna Marcyoniak. Hilbert’s Ratajczak would end the inning getting the last out on a pop out.
Hilbert remained composed and confident entering their last up. With one out in the bottom of the 7th, Sisson drew a walk. Martucci stepped up to the plate and hit a drag bunt sending Sisson to second base. UMass committed a over throw to first base advancing Sisson to third and eventually home for the game winning run to seal the victory.
On offense Sisson had a successful day going 3 for 4 during her at bat’s. Shortstop, Rachel Parker, played solid defense with 4 put outs .
Pitcher Emili Ripley (Batavia, NY/Notre Dame Catholic) had a strong start to her freshman campaign with 5 strike outs.
The 4-3 win marks first year head coach Pete Yuhas’ collegiate debut and first collegiate win.
The Hawks will look to carry their positive momentum into the second day of competition as they take on Bible Baptist College Monday, March 15, at 9:30 a.m. and Philadelphia Biblical University at 11:30 a.m.

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.