HC Baseball Splits with Keuka

Release Date:
April 18, 2006
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

HAMBURG, NY – Hilbert College topped Keuka College 5-3 in game one before falling 4-2 in game two of a non conference doubleheader baseball game on Tuesday . The split moves the Hawks to 2-26 overall, while Keuka drops to 9-5.

The visiting Storm opened the scoring on a sacrifice fly by Craig Smithers, plating Dominick Dashnaw to take an early 1-0 lead. After allowing another run in the top of the second, the home team answered on an RBI double by Dallas Reinard (Smethport, PA/Smethport). Hilbert would tack on another run off a wild pitch by losing pitcher Paul Iannopollo in the third before adding three huge runs in the forth. The Hawks took advantage of two costly Storm errors as senior Joe Ferrara (Hamburg, NY/Frontier) plated two teammates on a single. Though being out-hit 12-6, Hilbert was paced by winning pitcher Glen Ufland (Buffalo, NY/Bishop-Timon) who picked up his second victory of the year.

Game two saw a reverse fortune for Hilbert, as costly mistakes and walks sealed their fate. Tied 2-2 after five innings of play, Keuka plated two runners on three consecutive errors, taking a 4-2 advantage that proved to be enough. Freshman pitcher Steve Morasco (Memphis, NY/Jordan-Elbridge) pitched another fabulous game as the right-hander was charged with a tough loss. He would go on to pitch a complete game, fanning 10 Storm hitters, while scattering just four hits. Fellow freshman John Koniniec (Depew, NY/Depew) helped the Hawks by belting out two hits, including an RBI double.

Hilbert will continue their schedule as they travel to Brockport State today for a non-conference contest. The nine inning contest is slated to start at 4:00 pm.

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.