Softball Team Looks Forward to New Season
- Release Date:
- March 5, 2004
- The Office of Sports Information
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March 5, 2004
HAMBURG, N.Y. - The Hilbert College women’s softball team is preparing to make a run for the North Eastern Athletic Conference championship. The Hawks will open their season when they appear in the Snow Bird Softball Tournament in
Hilbert finished last season with a record of 8-20, establishing a new school record for wins in a season. The Hawks were ranked 19th in NCAA Division III team batting average (.343). Second-year head coach Bill Goc will depend on junior captains Katie Ahearn (Lancaster/Lancaster, NY) and Jessy Huntz (Pioneer/Arcade, NY) for leadership this season. Ahearn, a first baseman, hit .307 last season, while outfielder Huntz hit .351.
Other returnees include sophomore catcher Amber Fie (Olean/Olean, NY), sophomore outfielder Jeannette Testa (Forestville/Forestville, NY), junior second baseman Holly Beecroft (Mt. Mercy/Buffalo, NY), and senior outfielder Marissa Chini (Lackawanna/Hamburg, NY). Also returning to the team after a one-year layoff is shortstop Chandra Walsh (Lake Shore/Blasdell, NY), who is Hilbert’s career leader in home runs, triples and runs scored.
Fie, the 2003 NEAC Player-of-the-Year, led the team with a .494 batting average (6th in the nation), four home runs, seven doubles, 18 runs batted in, and 11 stolen bases. Testa was the team leader in walks with 16, while Beecroft and Chini combined for 22 runs scored.
Coach Goc, who will be assisted by former
The Hawks will play their first home game at 3 p.m. April 5 when they take on East Region powerhouse
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. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs, one a master’s in criminal justice administration and the other a master’s in public administration, and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.