Baseball Lions beat Hawks in double-header

Release Date:
April 23, 2008
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HAMBURG, NY – The Hilbert College baseball team struggled to keep runners off base Wednesday as Penn State Behrend (26-8, 15-1) scored 27 runs in a two-game conference sweep in Hamburg. The Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference’s (AMCC) top team took game one 13-3 before earning a 14-1 win in the finale.

In the opener the Hawks would hold a 1-0 lead after scoring in the opening inning, and trailed just 4-2 after three at bats. Penn State Behrend would go on to use an eight-run fifth inning to blow the game open before setting for the 10-run win. Brandon Brown (Lyndonville, NY/L.A. Webber) homered for the third time in three games and added a double, while also scoring two runs to pace the Hawks. Teammate Dave Cunningham (Cheektowaga, NY/Maryvale) added two RBI singles, but it wouldn’t be enough as pitcher Matt Begeal (Northville, NY/Wells) was eventually charged with the loss.

Game two belonged to the visitors as they pounded out 18 hits, including four from sophomore Jeff Lang who opened the game with a three-run homer in the first inning. Matt Schoepflin (Chaffee, NY/Holland) started the second inning with a double, and crossed the plate on a Matt Nash (Green Island, NY/Catholic Central) single to get the Hawks on the board. Behrend pitchers would allow just one more hit over the final five innings before Ryan Smith got credit for the win. Schoepflin was pegged with the loss for Hilbert.

The Hawks complete the AMCC portion of their schedule at 1-17 and will look to build on an overall mark of 4-24 against Cazenovia College Saturday.

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.