Softball Puts Four on NFCA All-East Region Team

Montclair, NJ (5/16/11) – Freshman righthander Alex Hill (Parsippany, NJ / Parsippany Hills) was named to the First Team as Montclair State placed four players on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-East Region Team.

Hill was joined by fellow classmate Dana Amato (Hillsdale, NJ / Pascack Valley), who was named to the Second Team. Senior centerfielder Leslie Gonzalez (North Bergen, NJ / North Bergen) freshman second baseman Katie Muglia (South Plainfield, NJ / South Plainfield) were selected to the Third Team.

All four players were instrumental in helping Montclair State to a share of the NJAC regular-season championship this season. Picked to finish seventh and out of the NJAC Tournament picture, the Red Hawks finished 14-4 and tied with William Paterson and Rowan for first place during the regular season and the number two seed in the conference tournament. Montclair State also qualified for the NCAA Division III Softball Championship, it first NCAA appearance since the 2008 camapign.

Hill adds another accolade to what has been one of the top first-year campaigns by a Montclair State. She was named the NJAC Pitcher and Rookie of the Year and was a six-time NJAC Rookie Pitcher of the Week selection during the 2011 season.

Hill posted a 17-7 record with a 0.94 earned run average and 181 strikeouts while walking only 21 in 163 innings pitched. She posted eight shutouts and opponents hit just .181 against her in 28 appearances. Hill led the NJAC in ERA, wins, strikeouts and shutouts while finishing second in the conference in innings pitched and batting average against. Only twice in 23 starts this season did Hill allow more than two runs in a game and after throwing a no-hitter in her first collegiate start, she hurled the eighth perfect game in Montclair State history on April 22 against Rutgers-Camden. She is currently ranked sixth in Division III in ERA, 24th in victories and 10th in shutouts.

Hill's earned run average is the seventh-best season ERA in MSU history and her 181 strikeouts were the third-highest season total.

A four-time NJAC Rookie Player of the Week selection, Amato provided the power in the Red Hawks lineup this season. 
She batted .356 with eight doubles, nine home runs and 38 RBI while scoring 27 runs and registering 36 hits. She also drew 23 walks and had a slugging percentage of .703 and on-base average of .469. 

Amato led the NJAC home runs and runs batted in and was ranked in the Top 10 in on-base percentage, batting average, walks and total bases.

Gonzalez is now a three-time All-Region selection. A four-time, First-Team All-NJAC selection and Montclair’s leadoff hitter, Gonzalez batted .376 this season with 53 hits and a team-best 35 runs scored. She had two doubles, three triples and 20 runs driven in while swiping 10 bases in 11 attempts.

Gonzalez also became the ninth player in Montclair State history to reach 200 career hits and she currently boasts 207 good enough for sixth all-time. With a career on-base percentage of .425 and batting average of .389, she ranks in the all-time Top 10 at Montclair State in batting average, hits and triples.

Muglia was another of the Red Hawks’ “youth movement” in 2011 and solidified the second base position. She hit .322 with 20 runs scored and 19 RBI. She had 11 multiple-hit contests and a fielding percentage of .950 successfully handling 95 of 100 chances at second base.