Great Defensive Plays Not Enough

Baseball gives up early runs, make it interesting late in game
Release Date:
March 15, 2010
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

COCOA BEACH, FL – Nichols College scored early runs on Hilbert College in the 9-inning baseball game March 15th on day two of the Cocoa Expo Tournament. Even with Hilbert’s diving catches and spot-on throws to bases, they couldn’t generate enough offense to overtake Nichols late in the game. The Hawks dropped the game 6-4 moving their record to 1-2. 

Junior Jake Simonick (Blasdell, NY/Orchard Park) pitched a complete game (2 strike outs, 1 walk, 6 hits) where a bulk of the Bison’s scoring occurred in the second inning (3 runs).  Colby Miller (Rochester, NY/Irondequoit) was the lone batter to make it home for the Hawks by the bottom of the fourth inning cutting Nichols lead to a 6-1.
Then in the sixth inning, Hilbert woke up and moved batters around the bases. Miller (2 for 4 on the day) got on base off a single but Dave Cunningham (Cheektowaga, NY/Maryvale) hit into a fielder’s choice picking off Miller and sending him to the bench. The next two batters both secured their spots on base; Jim Pernick (Tonawanda, NY/St. Joseph Collegiate Institute) and Nick Sherman (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster) each wacked the ball for singles pushing Cunningham home for run number two.   Senior Matt Begeal (Northville, NY/Wells) connected for a double giving time for both Pernick and Sherman to cross the plate creating a more interesting 4-6 score at the bottom of 6th.
The last three innings were defensive innings with both teams making impressive catches stealing the opponent’s opportunities to pick up momentum to increase the lead or to close the gap.   Hilbert has a day off on Tuesday before they face Baruch College at 4pm on March 17th.
Following the game today, the Hawks were headed to the Washington National’s preseason game against Atlanta at the Space Coast Stadium in Viera, FL for some relaxation time.

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.