AMCC Foes Too Much for Baseball Team

Release Date:
April 16, 2005
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333


April 16, 2005


HAMBURG, NY – Local rival Medaille College scored a 5-3 extra innings win over Hilbert College in game one of an NCAA Division III baseball doubleheader before taking the nightcap 15-5 on Friday.  The two losses were followed by a pair of disappointing outcomes on Saturday as visiting Penn State Altoona earned wins of 16-8 and 10-5 to drop the Hawks to 1-18 overall and 1-13 in the AMCC.


Against Medaille on Friday, the host Hawks took an early 1-0 lead on a first inning opposite field homerun by senior shortstop Sam Gioia (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West).  Trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the sixth, Gioia drew a leadoff walk and later scored from second on a Matt Markott (Angola, NY/Lake Shore) single to tie the game, 3-3.  The Mavericks went up for good as they plated two runs in the top of the eighth inning. The Hawks failed to score despite having a runner in scoring position in the bottom half of the eighth.  Hilbert relief pitcher Phil Gonser (Eden, NY/Eden) suffered the loss.


Game two saw the Mavericks bring out the hot bats as they took a commanding 14-0 lead before the Hawks got on the board with their first run in the bottom of the fourth inning.  Markott went two for four with an RBI and two runs scored and Wally Skrzynski (Buffalo, NY/Lackawanna) and Joe Ferrara (Hamburg, NY/Frontier) collected hits to help the Hawks cause.  Pitcher Frank Morasco (Memphis, NY/Jordan-Elbridge) put in one and a third innings and took the loss on the mound. 


On Saturday, the Hawks trailed the Lions of Penn State Altoona, 7-6, after four innings of play but couldn’t get any closer as PSA scored nine runs over the final three innings to put the game out of reach.  Hilbert’s Glen Ufland (Buffalo, NY/Bishop Timon) went three-for-three with a homerun and Skrzynski chipped in with a pair of hits, including a homer to key the Hawks offense.  Hilbert’s Dallas Reinard (Smethport, PA/Smethport) pitched five innings allowing 11 runs on 14 hits while suffering the loss.


In the second game, the Hawks lead 4-0 after four innings of play before the Lions rallied for three runs in the fifth and seven more in the sixth.  Hilbert’s Gioia took the mound and went five and two-thirds innings, allowing all 10 runs on 10 hits before being relieved by Ufland.  The Hawks tried to rally with a run in the sixth, but came up short.  Ferrara led the Hawks from the plate with a couple of hits as Hilbert stranded six runners on base in the loss.


Brockport State comes to town on Wednesday, April 20th for a 4:00 PM nine inning game.  The Golden Eagles reached the NCAA Division III College World Series a year ago and finished the 2004 campaign tied for fifth nationally. 

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.