Baseball Hawks sweep Storm to end season

Release Date:
April 27, 2008
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

KEUKA PARK, NY – Playing their final contest of the 2008 season, the Hilbert College baseball team put together a 6-3, 12-2 double-header sweep of Keuka College Sunday afternoon. Matt Schoepflin (Chaffee, NY/Holland) and Matt Begeal (Northville, NY/Wells) picked up pitching wins for the Hawks, who complete the season with an improved 6-25 record.

Hilbert trailed 3-2 after three innings, but rallied to score twice in the fourth to take a 4-3 lead. The Hawks would tack on two more runs in the fifth before riding the arm of Schoepflin for the complete game victory. Hilbert got two hits from five different players and received big homeruns from Brandon Brown (Lyndonville, NY/L.A. Webber) and Keith Somerville (Holland, NY/Holland). The win snaps a four game losing skid dating back to an 8-5 win over Franciscan University on April 20th.

The Hawks opened game two with a 6-0 cushion after their first two at bats, eventually expanding on a 6-1 lead with a six-run sixth inning. The Storm would plate one more run, but it wasn’t enough, as the Hawks played solid in front of Begeal to get their first double-header sweep of the year. Eight different Hilbert players recorded a hit with Schoepflin, Brown, and Dave Cunningham (Cheektowaga, NY/Maryvale) each earning doubles.

Matt Schaffer finished four for six on the day to lead Keuka (9-24) who now drops their fifth straight game. Storm pitchers allowed 25 hits while offensively stranding 15 runners on the afternoon.

Hilbert will miss the upcoming Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) tournament and second-year coach Rob Gladwell will now be forced to say goodbye to seniors Schoepflin and Kevin Murphy (Buffalo, NY/Bishop Timon). The Hawks are scheduled to return 12 players when the 2009 season gets under way next March.

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.