Fresno State claims MW Coach of the Year, Pitcher of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year while earning two first-team picks and five second-team selections.
The junior center fielder and sophomore pitcher become Fresno State's first All-Region duo since 2008.
The second-year head coach is a finalist for upcoming Senior & Junior Women's National Team international events.
Defensive Player of the Year Moss and Compton Tabbed to First Team; Brazil, Harris and Willis Land on Second Team.
A 13-run first inning propels the `Dogs to a five-inning triumph and its first conference win.
Senior Day - May 4, 2014 (vs. CSU) - Photos by Geoff Thurner, Copyright 2014.
Softball v. Pacific (03-14-14) - By Keith Kountz
Fresno Softball Action Pictures, October 2013. Photos by Geoff Thurner, Copyright 2013.
On June 18, 2012, the Bulldog softball program wisely tapped Trisha Ford to become the fourth head coach in its rich and illustrious history.
Taking over one of the nation's winningest programs is no easy task, but the charismatic, hard-working head mentor has quickly won over the Bulldog faithful after two successful seasons in 2013 and '14.
She arrived at Fresno State after serving the previous nine years at former World Series advancer and Pac-12 champion Stanford, including four seasons as the associate head coach and personal mentor to several of its greatest pitchers.
In 2014, 'Dogs again ranked as one of the West Coast's most exciting teams en route to a 31-21 mark.
In its second season in one of the nation's deepest conferences, Fresno State finished second in the Mountain West (15-9), one game shy of the conference championship, and matched its preseason conference polling.
In the non-conference slate, the `Dogs topped a pair of returning Women's Collegiate World Series advancers by 1-0 scores in No. 6 Washington and No. 14 Nebraska and had three other wins against NCAA returnees - N.C. State and the previous year's WAC champion San Jose State (twice).
With its emphasis on pitching, speed and defense, the 'Dogs ran wild on the NCAA charts in triples (12th, 0.31 p/g), double plays (13th, 0.48 per game), fielding (33rd, .970), stolen bases (38th, 1.42 p/g) and ERA (51st, 2.62). Similarly, Fresno State led MW teams in triples, fewest hits allowed and lowest opposing batting, and stood second in ERA and third in stolen bases.
Individually, sophomore pitchers Taylor Langdon and Jill Compton stood 12th and 24th in the country in shutouts (4 / 8), and shortstop Brooke Ortiz stood 14th in triples (5) among the team's 13 top-100 rankings.
In 2013 - her first season in the Central Valley - the 'Dogs ended the year with a 30-24 mark overall, and its 11-7 MW record was second-best in the conference.
In NCAA categories, Fresno State stood proudly among the national leaders in triples (12th, 0.31 per game), fielding (24th, .971) and stolen bases (29th, 1.61 p/g).
Outfielder Brenna Moss topped the nation in triples per game (0.18) after she stroked nine during the season - second-most in school history. The Bakersfield product also ranked 15th in the country in stolen bases (0.67 p/g) and 72nd in the toughest to strike out category (once per 16.3 at-bats).
Following her lead, two other Bulldogs stood top 50 in various categories - infielder Maria Sio (sacrifice hits, fourth, 0.35 p/g) and pitcher Jill Compton (shutouts, 35th, 7).
Among MW rolls, the team was also easy to spot as it led categories in fielding (.971) and stolen bases (1.61 p/g), and stood second in ERA (2.66) and triples (0.31 p/g). Likewise, individual MW season leaders included Moss (triples, stolen bases), Harris (saves, 2), Compton (shutouts), and Sio (sacrifice hits).
The 'Dogs were also one of the nation's most exciting teams on the base paths as it broke the school record for stolen bases in a season (87), while Moss set new individual bests for a season (34) and in a game (3) vs. New Mexico.
Moss re-tied her season stolen base record (34) in '14, and upped the game stolen base record to four in the season finale at Nevada.
Among other all-time program career lists, three Bulldog hitters ranked top 10 at the close of 2014 - Moss (stolen bases, second, 79; triples, fifth, 16), Brazil (slugging, fifth, .535; homers, seventh, 28) and Ortiz (triples, ninth, 12). Similarly, three Bulldogs share top top-10 career billing in saves (Taylor Langdon, seventh, 4; Jill Compton, 10th, 2; Hannah Harris, 10th, 2).
In return for their excellence on the field, Fresno State celebrated a league-leading four All-MW selections in 2013 (Compton, Moss, catcher Paige Gumz and infielder Vonnie Martin) and five in 2014 (Compton, Harris, Brazil, Moss and freshman Kierra Willis), while Moss was voted the MW Defensive Player of the Year in '14.
Likewise in '14, Moss and Compton were All-Region Second-Team honorees - the first Bulldog pair since 2008.
The past two years, all four of the Bulldogs' pitchers have scored MW Pitcher of the Week accolades (Jill Compton (three times), Hannah Harris, Kiley Shae Aldridge and Taylor Langdon) and three MW Player of the Week honors (Vonnie Martin (twice), Stesha Brazil).
Compton also added a chapter to the pitching record books with two of the 'Dogs' 71 all-time no-hitters in 2013 (vs. St. Mary's) and 2014 (San Jose State).
The team's hard work off the field was equally recognized with nine MW All-Academic nods in 2013 (Stesha Brazil, Harris, Taylor Langdon, Martin, Kelly Megee, Moss, Brooke Ortiz, Diane Runge and Whitney Smith) and two Academic All-District selections (Runge-2013; Harris-2014).
In the summer of 2013, her experience was wisely tapped by USA Softball as an assistant coach at the 2013 ISF X Jr. Women's World Championships. The Americans went 8-1 in the event with its only loss in in the tournament final to Japan en route to the silver medal. U.S. pitchers didn't allow a run in the first eight games that included one no hitter, five one-hitters and two, two-hitters, and overall sported a 0.45 ERA for the tourney with 61 strikeouts, three walks and 16 hits allowed in 46 innings.
In her nine prior years with the Cardinal, Ford helped guide Stanford to its greatest run in school history and a 385-155 (.713) overall record. Among its nine NCAA Tournament trips, the Cardinal made six Super Regional and one Women's College World Series (2004) appearances, and ended the season ranked top 10 four times.
At Stanford, Ford served as the primary pitching coach and worked with the infielders while also being responsible for recruiting, community outreach, camps and clinics.
Ford helped Stanford average 43 wins per season and mentored three of the best hurlers in school history.
In her latter seasons on 'The Farm', she guided Cardinal pitcher Teagan Gerhart to an 80-32 overall record and 2.14 ERA. After those three seasons of work under Ford, Gerhart ranked third in the Stanford record books in career strikeouts (628) and victories and fourth in shutouts (23).
In 2012, a year in which Ford helped lead the Cardinal to a 40-19 record and a No. 20 ranking to end the season, Gerhart ranked ninth nationally with 32 victories.
Before Gerhart took over in the circle in 2010, pitcher Missy Penna enjoyed the most decorated career of any Cardinal pitcher in program history, and it all came under Ford's watch.
Penna was a two-time NFCA All-American (2008 and 2009) and an Academic All-American in 2009. She set new school records in wins (119), strikeouts (1,267), shutouts (50) and innings pitched (1,086.1) while owning a 1.84 career ERA.
In 2004, her first season at Stanford, Ford helped direct the team to a 49-19 record, a regional title and its second appearance in the Women's College World Series. Under Ford's guidance, All-America pitcher Dana Sorensen set new program bests for wins (34) and strikeouts (358), while posting a 1.41 ERA.
The next year Ford helped lead Stanford to a 43-16 record and its first-ever Pac-12 Championship.
Prior to joining Stanford's coaching staff, Ford spent two seasons as the head coach at her alma mater - Saint Mary's College in Moraga, Calif. In 2003, Ford's squad finished the season with a 25-27 record and a .481 winning percentage, the best in school history. Prior to being named head coach, Ford served as an assistant at Saint Mary's in 2001.
Arguably the best softball player in Saint Mary's history, Ford, the former Trisha Dean, is the only female student-athlete in school history to have her number (9) retired.
In the spring of 2007, Ford was among six former athletes and coaches to be inducted into the Saint Mary's College Hall of Fame. Ford graduated from Saint Mary's with a degree in politics in 1999. A native of Fremont, Calif., she earned nine varsity letters in softball, volleyball and basketball during her prep career at American High School. An All-East Bay pick as a senior, Ford was also a four-time All-Mission Valley Athletic League selection.
Ford and her husband, Eddie, married in the summer of 2005, and have two children, Emma (6) and Eddie (2).
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