Saints Handle Hawks on Diamond

Release Date:
March 16, 2006
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

FORT PIERCE, FL – St. Scholastica College scored 40 runs in a doubleheader sweep of the Hilbert College baseball team Thursday, taking game one 15-4 before holding the Hawks scoreless, 26-0 in the second game. The Saints are ranked 17th nationally and improve to 10-1 while the Hawks continue to search for their first win of the 2006 season while falling to 0-8.

The Hawks tried to rally with three runs in the seventh inning of game one, but it wasn’t enough as the Saints led from the start and never found themselves in jeopardy of trailing. Converted men’s basketball player Corey Vander Sluis (Syracuse, NY/West Genesee) threw three innings for the Hawks and was charged with the loss. Glen Ufland (Buffalo, NY/Bishop Timon), Dallas Reinard (Smethport, PA/Smethport), Steve Morasco (Memphis, NY/Jordan-Elbridge), and Matthew Markott (Angola, NY/Lake Shore) collected two hits each for Hilbert in a losing effort.

The Saints took an early four run lead after the first inning and scored in each of the next five innings to keep the Hawks from threatening in game two. Hilbert avoided giving the Saints pitchers a no-hitter when Morasco singled in the top of the seventh inning with two outs for the Hawks only hit of the game. Hilbert’s Joe Ferrara (Hamburg, NY/Frontier) took the loss on the mound.

“The last four games have been a learning experience”, commented Hawks skipper Randy Cialone. “Our team has developed a real understanding of what it takes to compete at the national level”.

The Hawks will close out their southern swing tomorrow with a doubleheader against Westminister College. First pitch is scheduled for 8:45 AM.

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.