By Theresa Kurtz
Feb. 23, 2013
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Freshman Jill Compton became the 20th pitcher in Fresno State softball history to throw a no-hitter on Saturday afternoon. Compton's first career no-hitter is the 70th overall in 36-year program and guided the `Dogs to a 4-0 win over St. Mary's. The Bulldogs(10-7, 0-0 MW) defeated CSU Northridge earlier in the day 2-1.
"Fantastic job by her," said head coach Trisha Ford of Compton's no-hitter. "She bounced back after having some struggles in her last couple outings. She's been working hard and watching film, so it was nice to see all her hard work payoff."
Compton threw her first complete game shutout and sixth complete game in nine starts. She struck out five Gael batters, which ties her single-game high set earlier this season. The freshman is 5-4 in the circle in 2013.
"I wasn't really paying attention. I was taking everything pitch by pitch and trusting my defense behind me," said Compton. "I realized in the sixth inning that I was throwing one. It's exciting and I couldn't have done it without the defense having my back."
The Bulldogs jumped ahead 3-0 over the Gaels in the second game of the day. Michelle Solomon drove in the first run in the first inning. The right fielder brought home another run in the third inning with a single. Freshman Paige Gumz drove in the third run for the Bulldogs in the fifth inning with a single.
Fresno State added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth inning and had a 4-0 lead over the Gaels heading into the final inning.
The Bulldogs recorded eight hits against the Gaels. Brooke Ortiz was 3-for-4 against St. Mary's.
"We executed our game plan better today," said Ford. "We took care of all the little things you need to do to get the results that we want."
In the first game of the day, Cal State Northridge scored first in the first inning taking a 1-0 lead.
The Bulldogs rallied with two outs in the top of the third inning to tie the game. Moss got on base with single and stole second base moving into scoring position. Ortiz ripped a triple to left center field bringing Moss home tying the game 1-1.
The Matadors threatened in the bottom of the fourth inning. With runners on the corners and two outs, Langdon struck out the batter looking to end the inning. Langdon in her second career start gave up only one run and four hits as she improves to 3-1 on the season.
Ortiz drove in the go ahead run with a single through the right side in the sixth inning. Moss got on base ahead of Ortiz with a single, her second hit of the game. Moss moved into scoring position with her second stolen base of the game. Ortiz hit a base knock allowing Moss to score and the `Dogs led 2-1 over CSUN. Ortiz finished the day with two multi-hit games and a total of five hits.
Hannah Harris earned her second save of the weekend after throwing three shutout innings of relief. The freshman sat down all nine batters she faced in order.
The Bulldogs are now 3-1 in the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational and conclude the tournament on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 8:30 a.m. against Idaho State.
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