Hot bats carry UPB by HC

Release Date:
April 9, 2008
The Office of Sports Information
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BRADFORD, PA - Justin Bifano was 5-for-6 with five RBIs and the University of Pitt-Bradford swept a 19-5, 5-1 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) baseball double-header from Hilbert College (1-13, 0-8) Wednesday afternoon. The Panthers pick up their first conference victories of the season and improve to 9-12 overall and 2-6 in the AMCC.

Hilbert took a 1-0 lead after their first at bat, but surrendered five runs in the bottom half of the inning to fall behind in game one. The Panthers would hold their four-run advantage unit they outscored the Hawks 14-4 over the final four and a half innings. Matt Begeal (Northville, NY/Wells) suffered the loss for Hilbert after surrendering 10 runs on 11 hits in four innings of work. Matt Schoepflin (Chaffee, NY/Holland) was credited with two RBIs and added a pair of hits including a double. Hawks teammate Ryan LaCorte (Sloan, NY/JFK) produced two singles in a losing effort.

Game two saw the home team grab a 1-0 lead in the second inning and then push four runs across the plate in the third to go up 5-0 before Hilbert reached the scoring column. The Hawks’ Schoepflin doubled to start the sixth inning and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Brandon Brown (Lyndonville, NY/L.A. Webber) then grounded out to the first baseman giving Schoepflin time to score, but the Hawks would fail to generate any more offense. Pitt-Bradford reliever James Ashley struck out the first two batters he faced in the seventh before getting LaCorte to end the game with a ground out. Schoepflin was charged with the loss despite allowing just seven hits and two walks.

The Hawks will return to action Thursday with a home double-header against Lake Erie College. The 1:00 pm start against the Storm is a rescheduled make-up date going back to March 26th rainout.

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.