Pomona, NJ (4/2/11) – The Montclair State softball team used solid pitching and a little bit of power as the Red Hawks stretched their winning streak to six games with a doubleheader sweep of Richard Stockton in the New Jersey Athletic Conference opener for both teams on Saturday.
Righthanders Alex Hill (Parsippany, NJ / Parsippany) and Jamie Miller (Spotswood, NJ / St. John Vianney) combined to allow two runs while freshman Dana Amato (Hillsdale, NJ / Pascack Valley) belted a home in each half of the doubleheader as MSU won by scors of 3-1 and 9-1 to improve to 10-4 overall this season (2-0 NJAC).
Hill picked up her sixth win of the season, upping her record to 6-2 overall as she allowed four hits and an unearned run, striking out six and walking just one.
MSU would get all the runs it would need in the third inning. Leslie Gonzalez (North Bergen, NJ / North Bergen) and Katie Muglia (South Plainfield, NJ / South Plainfield) singled back-to-back to open the inning. Amato followed with a three-run blast, her first career homer as the Red Hawks led 3-0.
Stockton would get a run in the fifth and then threatened in the sixth with a leadoff double. On the next play, the Ospreys got a base hit and tried to score the runner however a perfect from Gonzalez to Liz Russo (Jackson, NJ / Liberty) cut the runner down at the plate as MSU maintained its 3-1 lead. Hill would set the Ospreys down in order in the seventh to pick the win.
Amato finished 2-for-3 for MSU, which had seven hits in the game.
In the second game, Montclair busted out the gate with four runs in the first inning on two swings of the bat. Gonzalez led off with a single and scored as Amato connected for her second home run of the twinbill giving Montclair a quick 2-0 lead. Three batters later, with a runner on Alisha Cumberton (Toms River, NJ / Toms River East) launched her first career home run as Montclair led 4-0.
The Red Hawks would add two more in the second and one in the third before tacking on two in the fourth inning, the last run driven in by Gonzalez, who finished the game 3-for-4 with two runs scored.
All the offense would be more than enough for Miller tossed a three-hitter as she upped her record to 4-2. Miller fanned four and did not walk a batter.
Montclair State returns to action on Tuesday, April 5 as they travel to Jersey City, NJ to face New Jersey City University in a conference doubleheader beginning at 3:00 pm.