Softball Extends Winning Streak to 12 with Sweep of TCNJ

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Little Falls, NJ (4/9/11) – Sophomore righthander Jamie Miller (Spotswood, NJ / St. John Vianney) tossed a four-hit shutout in the nightcap to finish off a sweep as Montclair State extended its winning streak to 12 games with two victories over The College of New Jersey at the MSU Softball Stadium on Saturday afternoon.  

MSU captured the first game 4-1 before registering its sixth shutout of the year with a 7-0 triumph in the second game.
Freshman third baseman Dana Amato (Hillsdale, NJ / Pascack Valley) homered and drove in five runs in the doubleheader as the Red Hawks improved to 16-4 overall, 6-0 in the NJAC. The win streak is Montclair’s longest since a school-record 25 games during the 1998 campaign. During the run of success, MSU has outscored its opponents, 80-10 and has allowed more than two runs once while posting five shutouts. 

Crystal Lee (Rockaway, NJ / Morris Knolls) and Kelly Hommen (Ridgewood, NJ / Ridgewood) had two hits apiece for the Lions, who fell to 17-7 overall, 3-3 in the NJAC.

In the opener, freshman righty Alex Hill (Parsippany, NJ / Parsippany Hills) struck out nine and allowed six hits in a complete-game performance as she upped her record to 9-2 on the year. Alex Carisone (Branchburg, NJ / Rutgers Prep) took the loss to fall to 5-3.

Hill got all of the offensive support she would need in the third inning when the Red Hawks plated all four runs. Leslie Gonzalez (North Bergen, NJ / North Bergen) doubled with one out to score Stephanie Szeliga (South Plainfield, NJ / South Plainfield) with the game’s first run. Katie Muglia (South Plainfield, NJ / South Plainfield) singled and Amato brought them both home with her fourth home run of the year as Montclair State led 4-0.

TCNJ would scratch back for a run in the top of the fourth. Ashley Sogluizzo (Middletown, NJ / Middletown South) led off with a single, moved to second on a sacrifice and third on another base hit before scoring on Michelle Kent’s (Sparta, NJ/ Pope John) two-out infield hit cutting the lead to 4-1. 

But Hill ended that threat with a strikeout and allowed just three base runners the rest of the way as Montclair State took the first game, 4-1. 

Muglia was 2-for-3 in the game for MSU as each team collected six hits. 

The second game would be all Miller as she tossed her second shutout of the year while improving to 7-2. Mille scattered four singles, walked two and struck out one. Austin Leigh (Fairfield, NJ / West Essex) suffered the loss, her first of the year (3-1). 

A near carbon copy of the first game, Montclair got all but one of its runs in the second inning. Gonzalez delivered the first run with an RBI single and Amato walked with the bases loaded to force in another for a 2-0 lead. Alisha Cumberton (Toms River, NJ / Toms River East) followed with an RBI single and Heather Bergman (Berkeley Heights, NJ / Gov. Livingston) provided the big blow, a three-run double as Montclair State took a 6-0 lead. 

Montclair’s final run came in the sixth inning as Amato lofted a sacrifice fly that scored Gonzalez.

Gonzalez finished 3-for-4 for Montclair State, which had 10 hits in the game. Lee was 2-for-3 for TCNJ. 

The Red Hawks are back in action on Tuesday, April 12 as they host Rutgers-Newark at the MSU Softball Stadium beginning at 3:00 pm.