Five-Run Seventh Inning Not Enough for Hilbert; Drop Two at Bradford

Militello goes a perfect 5-for-5 in game two
Release Date:
April 21, 2010
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Bradford, PA:  Matt Militello (Depew, NY/ Lancaster)  {pictured right} had a phenomenal day at home plate going a combined 6-for-9 in both games and a perfect 5-for-5 in game two scoring three runs and earning two RBI. Despite the standout performance from the Depew native, Hilbert went on to drop both games as they were defeated 8-3 and 14-13. Pitt-Bradford improves to 9-7 in the conference while Hilbert falls to 2-10 in the AMCC. 

For the first two and a half innings in game two, runs were traded back and forth as Hilbert held a slight 4-3 advantage. Bradford broke open the scoring with an eight-run inning in the bottom of the third hitting two singles, two doubles and a triple to help take the 11-4 lead heading into the fourth.
Hilbert would chip away at the deficit with two two-run innings, but Bradford would add three more runs of their own holding a six run lead entering the seventh inning.
The seventh inning saw Hilbert in search of a comeback. Chris Hoak (Hamburg, NY/ Hamburg) started things off with a single. Ed Heffron (Williamsville, NY/ Cardinal O'Hara) followed suit with another single while Pat Lagueras (Rochester, NY/ Charles Finney) would reach first base on error by the pitcher to load the bases. Militello’s fifth hit of the game scored Hoak and once again loaded the bases. Heffron would cross home plate after Frank Simmeth (Cheektowaga, NY/ St. Mary's) was walked. Lagueras, Militello and Simmeth would reach home scoring five runs to cut the Panther lead to one. Bradford’s D.J. Rose would relieve Parker Moore from his duties on the mound and register the last out of the inning ending Hilbert’s comeback efforts to seal the 14-13 victory.
In game one Dave Cunningham (Cheektowaga, NY/ Maryvale) hit his third home run of the season during his first at bat giving the  Hawks a 2-1 lead after two innings.
Bradford’s Bart McGary would answer Cunningham’s two-RBI home run with a grand slam. The Panthers would register a six-run inning and put the game out of reach for the Hawks as they suffered an 8-3 loss.
Hilbert will have a two game home stand this weekend as they take on conference opponents La Roche College on Saturday, April 24 and Mt. Aloysius College Sunday, April 25 (CHANGED TO FRIDAY, APRIL 23). Both games are set for 1:00 p.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.