Kubicka earns win No. 700
Montclair State defeats Ramapo to advance in NJAC tournament
MONTCLAIR, N.J. -- Sophomore righthander Alex Hill spun a six-hit shutout and helped her cause driving in three runs as top-seeded Montclair State gave head coach Anita Kubicka her 700th career victory with a 5-0 win against No. 6 seed Ramapo in the New Jersey Athletic Conference tournament at the MSU Softball Stadium on Tuesday.
Senior centerfielder Shannon Mozek had two hits and an RBI for the Red Hawks (36-5), who now faces No. 4 seed William Paterson on Friday.
Senior Tiffany Fischer and Caitlin Smith had two hits apiece for the Roadrunners (26-12), who will face No. 2 seed The College of New Jersey in an elimination contest.
Kubicka, now in her 22nd season, became the eighth coach in Division III history to reach the 700-win plateau. She joins current baseball coach Norm Schoenig (708 wins) as the only two coaches in school history to record 700 victories. Her record stands at 700-260-2.
Hill blanked the Roadrunners for the second time in a week as she improved to 24-2 on the season with her 13 shutout of the season. The righthander struck out 11 and did not walk a batter. Senior righty Lauren Shaw took the loss falling to 16-7. Shaw, who lost both games to MSU last week, allowed 11 hits and five runs, striking out four and walking four.
Montclair State snapped a scoreless tie in the bottom of the third inning plating two runs. Stephanie Szeliga walked and moved across the diamond on a stolen base and ground out. Hill then beat out an infield single for the first run. After an error allowed the inning to continue, Alisha Cumberton singled to center scoring Hill as Montclair grabbed a 2-0 lead.
Ramapo threatened in the top of the fourth. Fischer doubled to lead off the frame and Smith singled putting runners at the corners. But Hill, ended that threat with a pair of pop ups.
Montclair tacked on a run in the bottom of the inning as Mozek’s RBI single scored Szeliga, who managed to get around the throw from right field with a swipe slide to make the score 3-0.
In the bottom of the fifth, Janet Brown connected on a one-out double and a single by Kim LaPenta put runners at the corners again. Hill would get a strikeout for the second out and the Red Hawks thwarted a double-steal attempt gunning down Brown at the plate to keep the game at 3-0.
Hill added an RBI single in the fifth to extend the lead to 4-0 as she drove in Jamie Paulino, who led off with a base hit. She would do it again in the sixth driving a ball into right field to score Mozek with the final run.
Mozek, Paulino and Dana Amato had two hits apiece for Montclair State.