Little Falls, NJ (4/22/11) – It definitely was a Good Friday for Montclair State’s Alex Hill (Parsippany, NJ / Parsippany Hills).
The freshman put together the finest outing by a Red Hawk in nearly two decades as she threw a perfect game in the opener with three RBI and then tossed a two-hit shutout with a grand slam and six RBI in the nightcap as Montclair swept a doubleheader from Rutgers-Camden at the MSU Softball Stadium.
The Red Hawks improved to 25-5 overall, 13-1 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference with shutout victories of 4-0 and 11-0 as they won for the 20th time in their last 21 contests. Rutgers-Camden fell to 14-16 overall, 6-8 in the conference with the losses.
Not since 1992 when Lois Fyfe (Morristown, NJ), the eventual national Player of the Year, won three games and drove in five runs on the final day to lead Montclair State to the NCAA Regional Championship had an MSU player had a day like Hill had on Friday afternoon.
Coming off a no-hitter against Kean the day before, Hill went one step further versus the Scarlet Raptors with the eighth perfect game in program history. The performance was the first seven-inning perfect game by an MSU pitcher since Fyfe in 1990 which coincidentally came against Rutgers-Camden in a 13-0 win.
Hill also helped herself at the plate going 3-for-3 with three RBI. She drove in the first run in the second with a one-out double down the left field line and extended the lead in the fourth with an RBI single to left that brought home Heather Bergman (Berkeley Heights, NJ / Gov. Livingston). Her third hit in the sixth was an RBI single scoring Shannon Mozek(Wayne, NJ/ Wayne Valley) for a 3-0 advantage before Leslie Gonzalez (North Bergen, NJ / North Bergen) plated the final run with an RBI single.
Meanwhile Hill continued her dominance posting her seventh shutout and third no-hit game of the season. She fanned six of the first nine hitters she faces and got a pair of fly outs and a ground out to complete her incredible outing.
But Hill would not be done. For the first time all season, she started both ends of a doubleheader and it definitely paid off for Montclair State in the second contest.
Dana Amato (Hillsdale, NJ / Pascack Valley) belted a two-run homer, her ninth of the year, and Mozek singled home a run in the top of the first as the Red Hawks jumped out to a 3-0 lead.
Hill would toss a perfect inning in the first to run her streak to 24 consecutive batters retired before finally allowing a base runner to reach in the second. In fact, the Scarlet Raptors loaded the bases with one out, however hill got out the jam with a force out at the plate and a strikeout as she maintained MSU’s 3-0 lead.
Hill then did the damage in the fourth as Montclair loaded the bases with one out. Hill then cleared the bases with a grand slam to left center field as MSU busted the game open to 7-0. The Red Hawks would tack on four more runs in the fifth. Gonzalez had an RBI single and Amato lofted a sacrifice fly before Hill finished off her afternoon with a two-run single.
Hill upped her record to 15-2 this season with her eighth shutout of the season. She struck out three and walked one.
Hill also finished 2-for-4 at the plate and 5-for-7 in the doubleheader. Gonzalez had two hits in the second game as did Bergman as Montclair State collected 10 in the 11-0 victory.
Montclair State returns to action on Saturday, April 23 with a doubleheader against NYU-Polytechnic at the MSU Softball Stadium beginning at 1:00 pm.