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.
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 three successful seasons at the helm of the Bulldog softball program. 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.
Most recently, Ford was named the Mountain West Coach of the Year after leading the 2015 squad to its first title since joining the league in 2013, and reached the programs highest win total in five years after being named the preseason conference favorite.
For the first time since 2010 the Bulldogs claimed a 40-win season, 24th in program history, while collecting notable wins over NCAA Tournament competitors No. 29 Texas, Cal State Northridge and took 2-of-3 from San Diego State.
The 21 California natives who competed in the toughest schedule under Ford's reign took on nine postseason programs including the top two teams in the nation on the same day, defending national champion Florida and two-seeded Oregon.
The `Dogs posted a 19-10 record during the non-conference stretch, and secured the 2015 MW title and automatic NCAA bid to postseason after clinching the regular season series against UNLV on May 8.
Ford guided the `Dogs to the 2015 NCAA Eugene Regional, entering the Division I Softball Championship riding an 11-game winning streak, adding to the complied 30 postseason appearances coming consecutively between the years of 1982 and 2011.
Making a lasting impression on Fresno State softball history, several records were set under Ford's charge including back-to-back-to-back home runs hit against Stanford on Feb. 21, 2015 while senior Brenna Moss broke the 2011 record for the most career stolen bases on the same night, ending her collegiate career with a new program high of 104.
With its emphasis on pitching, speed and defense, the 'Dogs ran wild on the NCAA charts in batting average (27th, .325), ERA (28th, 2.50), on base percentage (27th, .414), scoring (48th, 5.79), winning percentage (30th, .714) and triples per game (6th, .34). Similarly, Fresno State led MW teams in ERA, opposing batting average, strikeouts and wins while finishing top three in batting average, on base percentage, runs scored, hits, runs batted in, triples, plate appearances, walks and stolen bases.
Individually, Moss was one of the nation's leaders at the plate earning a 34th place ranking for a season batting average of .439 and tied 36th in runs per game while junior pitcher Jill Compton tied for 21st after tossing eight shutouts, 13th for claiming 28 victories and 24th for a total of 242 strikeouts. The `Dogs cleanup batter, Kierra Willis stands third in the nation for recording nine triples on the year while pitcher Hannah Harris is fifth for the fewest walks per seven innings (.78).
At the conclusion of the 2015 season, the `Dogs pitcher-catcher duo of Compton and Paige Gumz were tabbed the Pitcher and Defensive Player of the Year while Compton was joined by Moss on the All-MW first-team for the third consecutive year. Five Bulldogs were named to the second-team including Harris, Willis, Whitney Smith, Malia Rivers and Michelle Solomon.
Fresno State has claimed a league-leading 16 all-conference accolades in the past three seasons including eight first-team recipients, four of which came in 2013, and eight second-team honorees while Moss was tabbed the MW Defensive Player of the Year in 2014.
The Fresno State Athletic department additionally pegged Moss as the Bulldog of the Year for her significant impact on the softball program during her four-year collegiate career. Earlier this season, Moss was selected as the 13th pick in the third round to the Chicago Bandits during the 2015 National Fast Pitch College Draft, being the first Bulldog to be drafted by the NPF since 2005.
The National Fastpitch Coaches Association named Compton to the Pacific All-Region first-team while Moss and Alyssa Villalpando received second-team accolades. Likewise in '14, Moss and Compton were All-Region second-team honorees - the first Bulldog pair since 2008.
In the past three years, all four of the Bulldogs' pitchers have scored MW Pitcher of the Week accolades (Jill Compton (nine times), Hannah Harris, Kiley Shae Aldridge and Taylor Langdon) while Compton set a new league record after earning four consecutive weekly honors during the 2015 season. Three Bulldogs earned MW Player of the Week accolades issued during the 2015 season including Moss, Willis and Smith.
Compton also added a chapter to the pitching record books with three of the 'Dogs' 72 all-time no-hitters in 2013 (St. Mary's), 2014 (San Jose State) and 2015 (Iowa) with her first career perfect game coming on March 6 against the Hawkeyes in what was one of her five shutout this season.
In 2014, the 'Dogs again ranked as one of the West Coast's most exciting teams en route to a 31-21 mark. During 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 including No. 6 Washington and No. 14 Nebraska while claiming three other wins against NCAA returnees - N.C. State and the previous year's WAC champion San Jose State (twice).
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.
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.
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 six in 2014 (Kapri Angotti, Brazil, Harris, Megee, Moss and Ortiz). Additionally, Ford boasts two Academic All-District selections (Runge-2013; Harris-2014) in her three year career at Fresno State.
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 where she helped the Cardinal 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 (7) and Eddie (3).
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