Montclair State softball recorded one of the
finest seasons in program history, setting a school record for victories and
finishing third at the NCAA Division III Softball Championship in Salem, Virginia.
It was the third Top 3 finish ever for the team, which had not finished in the
top three in the national tournament since 1997, when it was runner-up. Before
that, the team placed third in 1992.
Montclair State finished the year at 44-9,
earning the most wins by any athletic team in a season, surpassing the 42 mark
set by the 2000 national championship baseball squad.
The Red Hawks won the New Jersey Athletic
Conference regular-season championship and were the No. 1 seed in the NCAA
Regional Tournament where the team won four straight games to earn its way to
the national tournament, including a 1-0 victory over Rowan University in the
championship game. Dominating the competition, sophomore pitcher Alex Hill was named
First Team All-America.
The NJAC Player and Pitcher of the Year recorded a 32-6 record with a 0.98 ERA and 338 strikeouts. She led the nation with 20 shutouts and set new single-season records for victories and strikeouts.