Softball Trio Collects Weekly Honors from NJAC

Montclair, NJ (4/11/11) – Last week the Montclair State softball extended its winning streak to 12 games as it swept doubleheaders on the road at New Jersey City and Staten Island as well as two wins against conference preseason favorite The College of New Jersey. On Monday, the Red Hawks were rewarded for their efforts as they captured the NJAC Pitcher, Rookie Player and Rookie Pitcher of the Week honors.

Freshmen third baseman Dana Amato (Hillsdale, NJ / Pascack Valley) and righthander Alex Hill (Parsippany, NJ / Parsippany Hills) were named Rookie Player and Pitcher, respectively for the second consecutive week and third time this season while sophomore righthander Jamie Miller (Spotswood, NJ / St. John Vianney) earned Pitcher of the Week honors.

The trio helped MSU improve to 16-4 on the year, 6-0 in the NJAC as Montclair extended its current winning streak, its longest since a school-record 25 games during the 1998 campaign. During the run of success, MSU has outscored its opponents, 80-10 and has allowed more than two runs once while posting five shutouts.

Amato earns NJAC Rookie of the Week after hitting .467 (7-for-15) with three doubles, two home runs, eight RBI, and eight runs scored. She hit safely in 5-of-6 contests and drove in at least one run in 5-of-the-6 games. She went a combined 3-for-5 with two doubles, two RBI, and four runs scored in MSU’s 4-0 and 15-3 non-conference doubleheader road sweep at Staten Island. Two days later, she went a combined 2-for-4 with a home run, five RBI, and two runs scored in the Red Hawks’ 4-1 and 7-0 NJAC doubleheader sweep of TCNJ. Amato currently leads the NJAC in batting average (.478), slugging percentage (.891), and on-base percentage (.583).

Hill earns NJAC Rookie Pitcher of the Week honors after going 3-0 with a 0.70 earned run average in 20.0 innings pitched during the week for the Red Hawks. She opened the week by allowing just four hits and one run while striking out nine in a 13-1 NJAC road win at NJCU. One day later, she surrendered just three hits and no walks while striking out 10 in a 4-0 complete-game non-conference road shutout at Staten Island. She wrapped up the week by allowing just six hits and one run while striking out nine in a 4-1 NJAC complete-game win over TCNJ. Hill currently ranks second in the NJAC in both victories (9), and strikeouts (82).

Miller earns NJAC Pitcher of the Week honors after going 3-0 with a 0.82 earned run average in three games pitched. She opened the week by surrendering just six hits and one run while striking out four in a 7-1 complete-game NJAC victory over NJCU. One day later, she surrendered just three hits and one run in three innings of work for a 15-3 non-conference road win at Staten Island. She secured her third victory of the week by surrendering just four hits and no runs in a 7-0 complete-game NJAC shutout of rival TCNJ. Miller currently ranks tied for fifth in the NJAC in pitching victories (7).