Softball Batters Its Way to Sweep of Staten Island as Win Streak Reaches 10 Games

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Staten Island, NY (4/7/11) – For the second straight day, Montclair State got solid pitching and an offensive explosion from its bats as the Red Hawks extended their winning streak to 10 with a doubleheader sweep of College of Staten Island on Thursday afternoon. MSU (14-4) won the opener 4-0 before posting a 10-run fourth inning en route to a 15-3 victory.

Freshman righthander Alex Hill (Parsippany, NJ / Parsippnay Hills) tossed her second straight shutout in the opener as she improved to 8-2 on the year. Hill allowed three singles and struck out 10 and did not walk a batter.

Even though Hill held the Dolphins scoreless, it took until the sixth inning for Montcair to put a run on the board. That came in one swing of the bat by Dana Amato (Hillsdale, NJ / Pascack Valley) as she blasted her third home run of the year and second in as many days for a 1-0 MSU advantage.

Montclair added three more runs in the seventh inning. Hill helped her own cause with an RBI double and Leslie Gonzalez (North Bergen, NJ / North Bergen) brought home two more runs for the final 4-0 margin.

Alisha Cumberton (Toms River, NJ / Toms River East) was 2-for-3 for the Red Hawks.

In the second game, Montclair State took a 1-0 lead in the first inning as Cumberton delivered an RBI double. The Dolphins would tie the game in the bottom of the second but the Red Hawks regained the lead with a four-run third inning. Muglia doubled in two runs and O'Brien and Heather Bergman (Berkeley Heights, NJ / Gov. Livingston) each had RBI as Montclair led 5-1.

MSU then put the game away with a 10-run inning for the second straight day. Montclair sent 14 batters to the plate in the inning. O'Brien had a two-run double and Jamie Paulino (Linden, NJ / Linden) singled home two runs to highlight the offensive onslaught by the Red Hawks.

Sophomore righthander Jamie Miller (Sptswood, NJ / St. John Vianney) got the win as she went the first three innings in the five-inning contest. Miller (6-2) allowed three hits and a run.

Gonzalez finished 3-for-4 for Montclair while Muglia, Amato, Cumberton, O'Brien and Liz Russo (Jackson, NJ / Liberty)had two hits apiece as the Red Hawks pounded out 15 hits in the game, seven in the 10-run fourth inning.

The Red Hawks return to action on Saturday, April 9 as they host The College of New Jersey at the MSU Softball Stadium at 1:00 pm.