Young Talent Eager to Start New Season at HC

Release Date:
March 6, 2007
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2007 Baseball Preview

HAMBURG, NY- After a busy off-season, the 2007 Hilbert College baseball team under first-year coach Rob Gladwell continues preparation for this spring’s demanding schedule. The Hawks are looking to improve upon last season’s 3-36 mark with an early 8 game swing in Dallas, Texas that should prepare them for the rigors of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC). The Hawks fifteen game home schedule will include non-conference opponents Brockport State and Rochester Institute of Technology, both traditional powers in the East Region.

Gladwell will count on his pitchers to help put his young team on the winning track as the Hawks welcome back senior Glen Ufland (Buffalo, NY/Bishop Timon), and sophomore Erik Seeger as the squad’s returning arms. Ufland made 16 appearances while completing 60.2 innings with 32 strikeouts in 2006. Seeger made 11 appearances, throwing 30 innings while recording 17 strikeouts as a freshman. Joining the Hawks rotation this year will be sophomore Brian Wedmore (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster) and junior Matt Schoepflin (Chaffee, NY/Holland). The Hawks bullpen will be anchored by sophomores Keith Somerville (Holland, NY/Holland) and John Koniniec (Depew, NY/Depew), along with freshman Matt Begeal (Northville, NY/Wells Central), and Dave Cunningham (Cheektowaga, NY/Maryvale).

Behind the plate, the Hawks are looking for leadership from Somerville when not on the mound, and sophomore transfer Dave Salvalzo (Boston, NY/Holland) who played at D’Youville College last season. Other players fighting for the starting position are junior Kevin Murphy (Buffalo, NY/Bishop Timon) and Freshman Steve Cartwright (East Aurora, NY/East Aurora).

The infield will see several new faces while being anchored by returning senior Josh Cahall (Ripley, OH/Ripley) who will see plenty of time at second base. The other spot on the right side of the infield will be up covered by senior Andrew Mancini (Mt. Morris, NY/Mt. Morris), Schoepflin, and sophomore transfer James Corsaro (Hamburg, NY/ Frontier). At the hot-corner, look for both Corsaro and Schoepflin to share time while shortstop will see a new face in freshman Derek Steimer (Lancaster, NY/ Lancaster) carrying a bulk of the load. Koniniec will also see time at both middle positions.

In the outfield the Hawks will count on rookies Begeal, Cunningham, and Paul Pitz (Callicoon, NY/Sullivan West). Senior Matt Taub (West Seneca, NY/Cleveland Hill), will add experience and depth while bringing nine games experience from a year ago.

“We have worked very hard this off season”, added Gladwell. “I believe the meshing of our veterans and new players will really help us turn some heads in the AMCC.”

The Hawks are scheduled to open play at home on March 31st against conference foe Penn State Altoona.

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.