2012 Baseball Preview
- Release Date:
- March 2, 2012
- The Office of Sports Information
- (716) 649-7900 ext. 333
The Hilbert College baseball team is focused on consistency this 2012 spring season. It begins from the top, travels down and then will carry out onto the baseball field.
Coach Jim Pernick looks forward to his first full season serving as head coach after stepping into that role in late March 2011. With a year of recruiting under his belt, Pernick has shored up his roster as well as his coaching staff.
Joining Pernick on the sidelines in 2012 are Matt Glowacki, Derek Speaker and pitching coach Matt Bauman. All three assisted in the fall non-traditional season and have strong playing and coaching backgrounds to help improve the program. Former head coach Jonathan Musialowski will return as an honorary assistant coach as well.
Returning to lead the team in their final season of baseball are eight seniors. Matt Militello, Jim Pernick and Nick Sherman return as experienced captains, and they welcome first-time captain Pat Lagueras to the role. The four seniors have been together with the program since their freshmen year and they are ready to leave their positive mark by graduation. Militello will man the outfield with his tremendous defensive skills. His batting averages (.378 in 2011) and (.403 in 2010) led the team both years and, based on his great stick, speed and bunting skills, plus physical maturity this spring, Militello becomes a tough out for opposing teams. Because of the strength of the incoming class, Jim Pernick will be able to get more time defensively as an infielder rather than behind the plate. The 2010 team MVP will see time as a pitcher and second basemen and as support to the catchers when needed.
The Hawks are excited to have returning for his final season Nick Sherman. Considered one of the top pitchers in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) a year ago, Sherman brings his warrior-like pitching and a strong bat to the Hawks. Sherman was named as the AMCC Pitcher of the Week (April 18, 2011) and finished the season as the Hawks’ MVP. Senior Pat Lagueras brings a determined attitude to the team. In preparation for his final season, Lagueras ran on the men’s cross country team this past fall semester to stay in shape and to improve his mental toughness. With the catching-staff bolstered, Lagueras will see more time on the mound and in the infield while he brings a lot to the plate as a utility hitter.
Other seniors who will play a vital role in the team’s success are Chris Hoak, Ryan Ilardi, Aaron Lawrence, Scott Walker, and Chris Parrott. Hoak will continue to play infield and pitch and can hit early in the order to get some runs on the score board. Illardi has great speed on bases and in the outfield; he can cover the corners defensively helping Militello’s coverage area in center field. Lawrence, a left-handed pitcher, is an added bonus with his great base running skills. And rounding out the senior class is Scott Walker and Chris Parrott. Walker was last year’s Coaches Award winner and will continue to see time as a catcher. Parrott joins the team for his first season after injuries prevented him from playing the last two years. He is expected to pitch some this year based on his speed in the fall season.
The junior class is not as large but they are expected to be solid contributors this year. Joseph Hart, and Tyshon Williams are returning veterans and they welcome transfers Garrett Pauly, and Sean McGrath to the fold. Hart looks to cover 1st base again this season and Williams, back from a one-year sabbatical, adds enthusiasm, good speed and energy to the team. Pauly, a hard-throwing righty, pounds the strike zone and will be in the starting rotation after transferring from NCCC this spring semester. McGrath joins the team and is expected to get time behind the plate catching for the pitching staff after transferring from Monroe Community College.
Frank Mancuso anchors the returning sophomore class of three. Joe Pernick and Frank Casey have field experience (Pernick covers the corners in the outfield using his speed defensively and Casey did everything asked by coach) but it was Mancuso who got the freshmen ink a year ago. He was one of the top hitters throughout the season earning AMCC Player of the Week honors April 18, 2011. He covers first base when not driving runners around the bases. Sophomore transfer John Babocsi brings great work ethic to the Hawks as well as a good bat.
Four rookies will dress in blue and white this spring and coach Pernick is most excited about the depth these players will bring to the team. Derek Mort has a great curve ball with solid velocity and a good stick for an infielder. Sean Sticek will help bolster the pitching staff with solid control and nice off-speed stuff. Both pitchers could see time all over the field. Curt Macysyn has great speed, and hands and can also play just about anywhere needed. Tim Staub looks great behind the plate, playing defense as a catcher, and offensively swinging the bat. He can play anywhere on the field for coach Pernick.
The Hawks open their season with a spring trip down to Fort Pierce, FL (March 11- 17) where they will pick up game experience and lots of team chemistry in the ten games on their schedule. While in the sun, Hilbert will play games against: Rutgers – Camden; Delaware Valley; Earlham College; Centenary College and Richard Stockton College.
When they return north, their AMCC league games begin right away. This season, Hilbert hosts conference opponents Mount Aloysius (3/24), Penn State Behrend (3/28), La Roche (4/7), Medaille (4/13). This means their league games on the road are against: Penn State Altoona (3/31), Pitt-Bradford (4/11), Pitt-Greensburg (4/21), and D’Youville (4/25). Other non-conference games on their 2012 schedule are against: Fredonia (4/1 away), D’Youville (4/13 HOME), Keuka (4/20 away ) and Houghton College (4/26 home).
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.