Two Homers Help Hawks Cruise Past Altoona 14-9

Collins earns first home run of season
Release Date:
April 19, 2010
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Hamburg, NY:   Amanda Ratajczak (Cheektowaga, NY/ Maryvale) and Halsey Baker  (Scio, NY/ Scio) {pictured left}helped the Hawks to a 14-9 victory over Penn State Altoona in game two as each player recorded their second and third home run of the season. Hilbert improves their AMCC conference record to 3-9 taking one game from Altoona on Sunday afternoon.

Hilbert wasted no time in game two getting on the scoreboard first as they took a 6-2 lead after one inning of play. Hilbert kept the offense flowing in the bottom of the second as Rachel Parker (Hamburg, NY/ Hamburg) and Sarah Collins (Milroy, PA/ Indian Valley) hit back to back doubles. Baker would hit her third home run of the year which would score two more runs to extend the Hawks lead to 8-3.
Altoona would pull within one run in the top of the third to trail 8-7 after a 3-RBI homer by Kara Myers, but the Hawks would use another four-run inning to push the lead back to five.
Ratajczak would extend the lead to seven after a line drive home run over the centerfield fence in the bottom of the fourth inning registering another Hawk 2-RBI home run.
The Lions would score two more runs in the game but come up short as they suffered their seventh conference loss of the season.
This is the second time this season Baker and Ratajczak have homered in the same game.
Collins earned her first triple of the season and team leading sixth double in the 14-9 victory.
Game one went to the Lions as they defeated Hilbert 7-4. Collins led the offense going 2-for-4 earning two RBI and scoring one run from her first home run of 2010. Heidi Shoemanker led Altoona to a conference win as she also went 2-for-4, scoring two runs and earning two RBI.
The Hawks will face Pitt- Bradford on Wednesday, April 23, at 3 p.m. Bradford brings an overall record of 17-13 and a conference record of 14-2.

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.