UPB Panthers sweep softball Hawks

Release Date:
April 9, 2008
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

HAMBURG, NY – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford (5-13, 4-4) scored in every inning of a double-header win at Hilbert College in Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) softball Wednesday afternoon. The host Hawks were shutout 13-0 in game one before being defeated 15-2 in the nightcap.

Laura Stranc (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) went two for two with a double and run batted in, and teammate Heather Johnson (Tonawanda, NY/Kenmore East) added a pair of singles to pace the Hawks in the opener. Hawks Pitcher Carrie Sisson (Elma, NY/Mt. Mercy) was charged with the loss after allowing 13 hits in five innings of work. Michelle Kushner led the winners with two doubles and a homerun. The junior outfielder also scored four runs while adding two RBI and a stolen base.

Game two saw Pitt-Bradford expand on a 6-2 lead with a nine-run sixth inning as every Panther batter earned a hit in the win. Kushner went four for four with two doubles and four stolen bases, and Lauryn Weaver cracked two homeruns, including a grand-slam. Hilbert tried to keep pace with runs coming in the first and third innings, but Pitt-Bradford would ride a 21-hit performance as Hilbert’s Stranc was eventually charged with the loss. Rachel Parker (Hamburg, NY/Hamburg) joined Johnson with two hits as both batters finished with a single and double for the Hawks.

Hilbert (4-18, 0-8) will return to action Friday, April 11th at Keuka College.

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.