Union, NJ (4/21/11) – Montclair State University swept a New Jersey Athletic Conference softball doubleheader from host Kean University on Thursday afternoon, as the Red Hawks recorded the 9-0 shutout in the opener and a 7-1 win in the nightcap.
Rookie Alex Hill (Parsippany, NJ / Parsippany Hills) tossed a five-inning no-hitter in the opener for the conference-leading Red Hawks (23-5, 11-1 NJAC). For the Cougars (9-19, 7-5 NJAC), sophomore Katie Schuh and freshman Kelly Moorehead each had two hits on the afternoon.
GAME ONE: Hill Strikes Out Seven in Five-Inning No-Hitter
Hill allowed just two walks and recorded seven strike-outs, as the Red Hawks had an eight-run fourth inning to win the opener, 9-0, in five innings.
The Red Hawks took the 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, as they capitalized on a bases-loaded walk to first baseman Alisha Cumberton (Toms River, NJ / Toms River East).
Montclair State broke open the game in the top of the fourth when they plated eight runs on six hits and two Cougar errors. Catcher Heather Bergman (Berkeley Heights, NJ / Gov. Livingston) and Hill had back-to-back doubles in the inning, as Bergman drove in a pair of runs and Hill followed to score Bergman, before she scored the final run of the inning on a RBI single by right fielder Stephanie Szeliga (South Plainfield, NJ / South Plainfield).
Muglia finished 3-of-4 with two runs scored and one RBI, while Cumberton and Bergman each drove in a pair of runs.
For the Cougars, shortstop Alicia Banz and centerfielder Lindsay Kennedy each walked.
GAME TWO: Red Hawks Jump out to Early Lead for 7-1 Win
The Red Hawks scored six times in the first inning and right-hander Jamie Miller (Spotswood, NJ / St. John Vianney)earned the complete-game victory with the 7-1 win.
In the bottom of the first inning, the first nine batters reached base for the Red Hawks, as they took advantage of four hits, four walks, a pair of wild pitches and an error in the inning to take the 6-0 lead. Sophomore Kelli O’Brien (Edison, NJ / Edison) had a bases-loaded RBI single and Bergman followed with a two-run double en-route to the early six-run lead.
The Cougars got a run back in the top of the third inning when Kennedy scored on a passed ball, however Montclair State added another run on the board in the bottom half of the inning when junior left fielder Shannon Mozek (Wayne, NJ / Wayne Valley) scored on the wild pitch.
Miller scattered five hits and one walk with five strikeouts in the win, while Bergman was 2-of-3 with two RBI and one run scored.
For the Cougars, Schuh and Moorehead each had a pair of hits. Rookie Rebecca Rotola scattered four hits and one unearned run in five innings of relief.
The Red Hawks return to action on Friday, April 22 as they host Rutgers-Camden at the MSU Softball Stadium beginning at 3:00 pm.