Hawks bow to Bobcats

Release Date:
April 19, 2008
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

HAMBURG, NY – The University of Pitt-Greensburg (13-13, 8-6) baseball team improved to .500 on the year with a double-header sweep of Hilbert College Saturday afternoon. The host Hawks surrendered game one 13-9 before an eighth inning rally in game two came up short resulting in a 7-6 defeat. Hilbert checks in at 3-20 on the year and now 1-15 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC).

In the opener, the Hawks led 4-1 after two innings, but allowed five runs in the third to quickly fall behind. Hilbert would use some timely hitting to get back in the game and trailed just 10-9 before UPG would ice the game with three unanswered runs in the seventh. Mark Lombardi homered twice for the winners and finished four for four with two runs and three RBI. Hilbert was paced Brandon Brown (Lyndonville, NY/L.A. Webber) and Matt Nash (Green Island, NY/Catholic Central) who finished with two hits apiece. The Hawks’ Matt Begeal (Northville, NY/Wells) suffered his fifth loss of the year after allowing eight hits and 10 runs.

Game two saw the Hawks come from behind to tie the Bobcats 4-4 in the fifth inning, but a scoreless seventh stretched the game to extra innings. Pitt-Greensburg would push three runs across the plate in the eighth with Hilbert again keeping things interesting with a two-run rally that came up just short. Both teams would combine to strand 19 runners on base in a game that also featured a combined 11 errors. The Hawks would out-hit the Bobcats 10-9 and were paced by Matt Schoepflin (Chaffee, NY/Holland), Kevin Murphy (Buffalo, NY/Bishop Timon), and Brown who finished with two hits each. Dave Cunningham (Cheektowaga, NY/Maryvale) homered before Schoepflin was charged with the loss after throwing all eight innings.

Hilbert will remain at home for a double-header with future AMCC opponent Franciscan University. First pitch is scheduled for 12:00 pm Sunday.

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.