Altoona Lions Cruise Past Hawks

Release Date:
April 15, 2006
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

ALTOONA, PA - The Hilbert College baseball team continued to struggle on the road, dropping consecutive conference games to Penn State Altoona 18-5 and 29-10 on Saturday afternoon. Hilbert falls to 1-21 on the season, and 1-9 in Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) play.

Penn State Altoona scored seven runs in the first two innings, before plating seven runs in the third to take the early lead, 14-2. Hilbert tried clawing back in the fourth inning, as John Koniniec (Depew, NY/Depew) belted his second homerun of the season. The Altoona Lions came back strong in the bottom half of the inning, as senior Tony Petulla ripped a three run homerun to put the game out of reach.

Glen Ufland (Buffalo, NY/Bishop-Timon) led the Hawks with two hits and a run scored. Steve Morasco (Memphis, NY/Jordan-Elbridge) suffered the loss as he fanned three hitters in three innings of work.

In the nightcap, Penn State Altoona again dominated early, scoring five runs in the first two innings off of three costly Hilbert errors. The Lions would tack on seven more runs in the third and forth, before exploding for a 10 run sixth inning. The Hawks put together their best offensive showing of the season, as they would score 10 runs, highlighted by a seven run fifth inning.

Matt Markott (Angola, NY/Lake Shore) and Koniniec guided the Hawks as they had four of the team’s nine hits on the day. Junior Matt Taub (West Seneca, NY/Cleveland Hill) also added a base hit and two rbi’s.

The Hawks return to action on Monday, April 17 as they play host to St. John Fisher College in a non-conference doubleheader. The game is scheduled to begin at 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.