Softball's McCrea, Gonzalez Honored by NJAC

Montclair, NJ (4/28/08) – The Montclair State softball team picked up two more awards on Monday as senior righthander Carolyn McCrea (Wharton, NJ / Jefferson) was named the NJAC Pitcher of the Week while freshman leftfielder Leslie Gonzalez (North Bergen, NJ / North Bergen) earned Rookie Player of the Week honors.

Both helped No. 6 MSU to sweeps of William Paterson and Rowan as the Red Hawks claimed the NJAC regular-season championship for the second consecutive year. Montclair will be the No. 1 seed and host for the NJAC Tournament which gets underway on Tuesday, April 29. The Red Hawks will take on William Paterson at 4:00 pm in a first-round game before the entire tournament shifts to MSU for games May 2-4.

McCrea was solid in her two starts this week as she allowed just one earned run in picking up a pair of wins. In 14 innings, she allowed 13 hits, struck out nine and walked three. Against William Paterson, she scattered seven hits, fanned four and walked one as MSU took the first of two against William Paterson with a 7-0 victory. She then gave up a run on six hits with five strikeouts in collecting her league-leading 19th win in a 2-1 Game 1 victory against No. 16 Rowan.

Gonzalez batted .750 with a slugging percentage of .833 and on-base average of .750 in the 4-0 week. Gonzalez was 9-for-12 and drove in five runs while scoring twice. She was 5-for-6 with an RBI and stolen base in each game as MSU swept William Paterson. In the second game, Gonzalez had an RBI as part of the Red Hawks' five-run seventh in the nightcap in an 8-7 win. She then went 4-for-6 with three RBI, a double and run scored as Montclair finished off its conference schedule with a pair of one-run win versus Rowan.