Baseball Lefty Hille, Softball Third Baseman Amato Named MSU Athletes of the Week

Montclair, NJ (4/4/11) - Junior baseball lefthander Sean Hille (Edison, NJ / St. Joseph's (Metuchen)) and softball freshman third baseman Dana Amato (Hillsdale, NJ / Pascack Valley) have been named MSU Athletes of the Week for April 11.

Hille, who was named the NJAC Pitcher of the Week, tossed a complete-game, two-hit shutout striking out eight and walking two as Montclair State blanked Ramapo College, 9-0 in Mahwah on Friday. It was the second straight season that Hille threw a complete game against the Roadrunners and had recorded 12 of the 27 outs on ground balls in his 100-pitch performance. The only blemishes on Hille's scorecard in the game came in the third inning on a ground ball that was ruled a base hit and a blooped single to lead off the ninth. It was Hille's first career shutout and fourth complete game. Earlier in the week, Hille tossed a scoreless eighth inning striking out the side as Montclair knocked off Rensselaer on the road, 7-4. Hill is currently 3-1 this season with a 3.06 ERA. In 35.1 innings pitched, Hille has struck out 37 and walked only nine. He is currently tied for 10th in the NJAC in wins and fifth in strikeouts.

Amato earned NJAC Rookie of the Week honors for the second straight week and third time this year after hitting .467 (7-for-15) with three doubles, two home runs, eight RBI, and eight runs scored as Montclair went 6-0 and extended its winning streak to 12 games. She hit safely in 5-of-6 contests and drove in at least one run in 5-of-the-6 games. Amato 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). It is the second time in four weeks that Amato has been named MSU Athlete of the Week.