Comeback Rally in Bottom of Seventh Lifts Hawks Past Bay Path 10-9

Baker, Ratajczak hit first home runs of 2010 season
Release Date:
March 17, 2010
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MYRTLE BEACH, SC: On Wednesday, March 17, the Hilbert women’s softball team earned a remarkable come from behind victory scoring five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. The 10-9 comeback win over Bay Path College improves the Hawks record to 5-2 giving them one of the best starts in program history.

 After a slow start to the game, Hilbert was able to amass a 9-1 deficit heading into the fourth inning. The Hawks began to generate offense in the fourth with a single from junior Carrie Sisson (Elma, NY/ Mt. Mercy) followed by a double from Amber Grosch (Depew, NY/ Depew). Both players would cross home plate off a single by senior Sarah Collins (Milroy, PA/ Indian Valley).
The Hawks would add one more run in the fifth inning and another in the sixth to cut the deficit to four.
Sisson, who came in as the relief pitcher, was able to keep Bay Path scoreless through the remainder of the game setting up the Hawks offense for a bottom of the seventh comeback victory.
The bottom of the seventh started off in favor of the Hawks with a solo home run by sophomore Halsey Baker (Scio, NY/ Scio). After a ground-out for the first out of the inning, Carole Jones (Bliss, NY/Letchworth) reached first base on a hard line drive to left field.  The single was followed by a two run home run by junior Amanda Ratajczak (Cheektowaga, NY/Maryvale). With the Hawks trailing 9-8, Sisson stepped up to the plate where she crushed the ball into right center field which was good enough for a double.  Second baseman Jill Martucci (Hamburg, NY/Hamburg) would continue the offensive pressure with a single sending Sisson around third base and eventually home, beating the throw from the outfield to tie the game at 9-9.
Grosch followed suit with a single while Collins would load the bases with her second single of the game to right field.

With one out and the bases loaded, freshman Emili Ripley (Batavia, NY/ Notre Dame Catholic) drove in Martucci for the game winning run with a base hit to right field.
The celebration would take place at home plate as the Hawks completed a nine run comeback victory.
Earlier in the day Hilbert took on Stevenson University. The Hawks held tough through a nip and tuck battle for the first five innings.  Stevenson broke open the game scoring five runs in the top of the sixth inning. The Hawks answered with three runs of their own in the bottom of the sixth, but the five runs scored by Stevenson late in the game would prove to be too great of a deficit for Hilbert as they would go on to suffer their second loss of the season 11-3.

Bakerled the offense for the Hawks going 2 for 3 during her at bats driving in two of Hilbert’s runs.
Hilbert finished 1-1 on the day improving their record to 5-2.
The Hawks will face Bay Path College again at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 18, for their final game of the tournament before they head back north to Western New York. 

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.