Softball Places Third at NCAA Division III Championship

Holding the team's NCAA trophy are (from left) Stephanie Szeliga, Shannon Mozek, Priscilla Camacho and Heather Bergman.

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.