Softball Closes Out Florida Trip With Shutout Wins over Nazareth, St. Benedict

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Kissimmee, FL (3/18/11) – Freshman third baseman Dana Amato (Hillsdale, NJ / Pascack Valley) drove in five runs to back the shutout pitching by sophomore righthander Jamie Miller (Spotswood, NJ / St. John Vianney) in opener whike senior Leslie Gonzalez (North Bergen, NJ / North Bergen) delivered the game-winner in the second contest as Montclair State closed out its appearance in the Rebel Spring Games on Friday.

The Red Hawks finished their 10-game slate at 6-4 following a 10-0 victory over Nazareth College and a 1-0, eight-inning triumph against St. Benedict. MSU now returns home for the start of a four-date homestand beginning on Thursday, March 24 versus DeSales at 3:00 pm.

Miller collected her first shutout of the season as she allowed five singles in improving to 2-2 on the season. She struck out one and did not walk a batter.

Montclair would get all the offense it would need in the top of the first inning with five runs. Shannon Mozek (Wayne, NJ / Wayne Valley) led off with a double, Gonzalez singled and Alisha Cumberton (Toms River, NJ / Toms River East) walked to load the bases. Amato would clear them with a three-run double as Montclair had a 3-0 advantage four batters into the game. Heather Bergman (Berkeley Heights, NJ / Gov. Livingston) added an RBI single and Priscilla Camacho (Jersey City, NJ / County Prep) had a run-scoring base hit to complete the inning for MSU.

Cumberton lofted a sacrifice fly in the second inning for a 6-0 lead and Amato's two-run double in the inning made it 8-0.

Amato and Gonzalez each had two hits for the Red Hawks, who had 10 in the game.

After scoring 10 runs in its first game, Montclair got locked into a battle with St. Benedict in a game that would need an extra inning.

In the top of the eighth, under the international tiebreaker rule, St. Benedict had first chance at putting a run up on the board. With a runner at second, the Blazer quickly sacrifice the runner to third. Stacey Svihel then bounced a ball to first base that was picked up by Cumberton who threw home and started a run down that ended with the second out as the game remained scoreless. On the next play, Devon Bowlin singled to put runners at the corners. Svihel would try to steal home but Montclair tagged her out as the game remained scoreless.

Camacho would start the inning at second base and was sacrificed over to third by Jamie Paulino (Linden, NJ / Linden). Gonzalez then grounded a ball in the field. Camacho broke for home and beat the attempted play at the plate for the game-winning run as Montclair came away with the 1-0 victory.

Freshman Alex Hill (Parsippany, NJ / Parsippany Hills) picked up the victory as she improved to 4-2 with her second shutout of the year. Hill allowed six hits, fanned five and did not walk a batter.