March 10, 2013
By Theresa Kurtz
By Theresa Kurtz
FRESNO, Calif. - Freshman Jill Compton had her best performance in the circle of her career against No. 6 California. The Bears edged the Bulldogs (14-11, 0-0 MW) 1-0 on Saturday night at Bulldog Diamond.
"Jill pitched a great game," head coach Trisha Ford said of Compton's outing. "She pitched her heart out. Our defense played well behind her. It was great to come out here and really show what we are made of and capable of."
Compton, a Oceano, Calif. native, threw six scoreless and hitless innings against the nationally ranked Bears. She allowed one hit in seven innings pitched and retired the first 10 batters she faced in order. She struck out the side for the first time in her career in the top of the fourth inning. Compton struck out the side again in the fifth inning to record six consecutive strikeouts.
"She showed what she is capable of," Ford said. "This is part of the learning process with the freshman. Jill has stepped up to the challenge and has been working hard. All of the pitchers have been working hard in the bull pen. She's going to come out and compete."
The right-hander surpassed her previous career-high of five strikeouts after sitting down 10 Cal batters.
"Coach called a great game and Paige (Gumz) caught a great game," said Compton of her performance in the circle. "It made hitting my spots easier. I was trying not to overthink things and force pitches. I knew I needed to be calm, take things pitch-by-pitch and good things would follow."
The Bulldogs threatened to take the lead in the bottom of the third inning, but the Bears got out of the inning without allowing a run. Fresno State had two runners stranded in scoring position.
Cal threatened in the top of the sixth, but Compton escaped the inning with her ninth strikeout of the night and stranded two runners in scoring position.
Sophomore Brenna Moss led off the bottom of the sixth with a single and stole second base to put the Bulldogs in position to score. A ground out moved Moss to third, but Cal got out of the inning unscathed.
The no-hitter was broken up in the seventh inning after Jolene Henderson hit a solo home run to leftfield giving Cal the lead.
"It's definitely a learning experience for me," said Compton. "One pitch can determine a ball game."
Fresno State outhit Cal 2-1. Moss and freshman Paige Gumz recorded singles against Henderson, who improved to 14-2 on the season in the circle.
The Bulldogs concluded the Fresno State Classic on Sunday, March 10 at 1:45 p.m. against St. Mary's.
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