Montclair State shuts down Roanoke
Hill fires shutout, Red Hawks move to 2-0 in championship action
SALEM, Va. -- Alex Hill tossed a two-hit shutout while Alisha Cumberton and Kelli O'Brien each drove in a run as Montclair State picked up its second victory in the Division III Softball Championship with a 2-0 victory against Roanoke on Saturday afternoon.
The Red Hawks (44-7) picked up their 44th win of the season as they set a new single-season mark for victories surpassing the previous standard of 43 set in 2008.
Hill struck out 12 and walked one as she improved to 32-4 on the season. She recorded her 19th shutout of the season, 29th complete game in 2012 and her 18th double-digit strikeout contest. She allowed a leadoff double in the bottom of the first and retired the next 11 hitters before giving up a two-out single in the fourth.
Montclair State, which upended Plattsburgh State 1-0 on Friday evening, scored twice in the bottom of the fourth as the Red Hawks sent eight batters to the plate and took advantage of two Roanoke errors.
Jamie Paulino and Dana Amato opened the inning with back-to-back singles and a sacrifice by Hill put the runners at second and third. Cumberton then bounced a ball to second base for an infield hit allowing Paulino to score as MSU took a 1-0 lead. Katie Muglia reached on an error to load the bases before O'Brien smacked a sacrifice fly to deep left field that was misplayed letting pinch-runner Nicole Iorio cross the plate as Montclair led 2-0.
That would be all Hill would need as fanned two in the bottom of the seventh lift the Red Hawks to 2-0 in the tournament.