Top-ranked Montclair State hands Richard Stockton first loss of season
GALLOWAY, N.J. -- Junior right-hander Alex Hill tossed a one-hitter in the opener and a three-hit shutout in the nightcap as top-ranked Montclair State handed previously unbeaten Richard Stockton a 1-0 and 2-0 loss in the New Jersey Athletic Conference openers for both teams on Saturday.
Sophomore Tara Petrucelli homered for the lone run in the first game while freshmen Dana Egan and Jaclyn Allegretta had RBIs in the second contest as the Red Hawks remained unbeaten on the year at 16-0 (2-0 NJAC) with the wins.
Hill, who threw a perfect game in her last start on Tuesday, recorded her fifth and sixth shutouts of the season, upping her record to 13-0. She struck out 17 in her 14 innings of work and walked one which snapped a streak of 38.1 innings without issuing a free pass.
Hill struck out 12 in the first game and retired the first 11 hitters she faced before allowing a two-out single in the fourth. She registered her 30th career double-digit strikeout performance and the eighth in her 11 starts.
Despite the solid performance, Hill was matched by Stockton’s Michelle Pietrocola, who allowed four hits while maneuvering around five walks. She struck out six.
Scoreless through the first three innings, Montclair pushed across the only run it would need as Petrucelli led off the inning with her first home run of the season over the left field fence.
The only threat by the Ospreys (14-2, 0-2 NJAC) came in the fourth as Nicole Scanlon reached on the two-out base hit and Arielle Cooke was hit by a pitch. But Hill ended that with a strikeout as MSU maintained its 1-0 lead.
The second game was nearly a copy of the first, although the Red Hawks struck out earlier, plating a run in the second inning. Alisha Cumberton, who had two hits in the contest, led off with a single and went to second on a sacrifice bunt. Egan followed with a base hit to left field, scoring Cumberton as Montclair led 1-0.
Hill meanwhile kept Stockton off the board. She allowed the one-out walk in the second which was removed on a fielder’s choice. Hill gave up a base hit, however, centerfielder Jamie Paulino threw out the runner at third to end the inning.
MSU added a run in the top of the seventh. Hill singled and beat out a ground ball by Egan to put runners at first and second. After a pop up, Allegretta singled to left, bringing home Hill giving the Red Hawks a two-run lead.
Hill retired the side in order in the bottom half.