Softball's Freshmen Dana Amato and Alex Hill Tabbed NJAC Rookie Player, Pitcher of the Week

Montclair, NJ (4/4/11) – Freshman righthanders Alex Hill (Parsippany, NJ / Parsippany) classmate and third baseman Dana Amato (Hillsdale, NJ / Pascack Valley) were named the New Jersey Athletic Conference Rookie Pitcher and Player of the Week, respectively on Monday. Both players were honored for the second time this season.

Amato and Hill played key roles in helping the Red Hawks extend their winning streak to six games with doubleheader sweeps of Hunter College and Richard Stockton. MSU is currently 10-4 overall, 2-0 in the NJAC following their two victories at Stockton on Saturday.

Amato earned NJAC Rookie of the Week honors after hitting .417 (5-for-12) with two home runs, six RBI, and four runs scored during a 4-0 week of play for the Red Hawks. She hit safely in all four games, and opened the week by going a combined 2-for-6 with two walks, one RBI, and two runs scored in a 1-0 and 5-2 non-conference sweep of Hunter. Four days later in the first NJAC contests of her career, she went a combined 3-for-6 with two home runs, five RBI, and two runs scored in MSU’s conference-opening 3-1 and 9-1 doubleheader road sweep of rival Richard Stockton.

Amato, who homered in each of the first two NJAC games of her collegiate career, currently leads the NJAC in batting average (484), slugging percentage (.806), and on-base percentage (.590).

Hill collected NJAC Rookie Pitcher of the Week honors after going 2-0 with a 0.00 earned run average in 17.0 innings pitched during three appearances for MSU. She opened the week by surrendering just two hits and no walks while striking out 12 in nine scoreless innings during a 1-0 extra-inning complete game shutout of Hunter. After pitching in relief during MSU’s 6-2 game two win over Hunter, she wrapped up the week by allowing just four hits and one unearned run in seven innings of work for the first NJAC victory of her career, a 3-1 conference road win at Richard Stockton.

Hill currently ranks third in the NJAC in strikeouts (54) and is second in wins (6) and fourth in earned run average (0.83).