April 14, 2013
By Theresa Kurtz
By Theresa Kurtz
FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State softball concluded the three-game series against Boise State with a 3-1 win for its first Mountain West sweep.
"Boise State is a good team and great at the plate," said head coach Trisha Ford. "It's hard to get a sweep, so I am proud of the team for closing the door. It's our first conference sweep and beating the same team three times in a row is tough to do, but today they showed what we are made of."
The Bulldogs (25-18, 6-3 MW) recorded five hits and stranded 11 Broncos on base in the final game of the series. Freshman Paige Gumz was 3-for-3 with a RBI moving her average to .350 on the season.
Like the first two games of the series, the `Dogs took the lead quickly and never trailed. Third baseman Vonnie Martin put the Bulldogs on the board with a two RBI double. Gumz followed with another double to plate Martin and give the `Dogs a 3-0 lead.
"We have been working hard in practice and really focused on getting the job done at the plate," Martin said of the Bulldogs' offense. "We put an emphasis on getting runs across, especially since we struggled a little bit in the last series."
Freshman Jill Compton earned her 11th win of the season in the circle. She hurled four innings giving up one run and one walk while striking one out. Compton surrendered only four hits in her second appearance of the series. She is 11-11 on the season and has an ERA of 3.37.
Boise State scored one run on an error in the third inning cutting the `Dogs lead 3-1.
Hannah Harris took over in the circle in the fifth inning and earned her second career save. The freshman threw three innings of scoreless relief in her second appearance of the series.
"Hannah showed a lot of guts today," said Ford of Harris' outing. "You want to put them in those situations to get experience and see what they can do. Today she took care of business right away and did a good job."
In the seventh inning, the Broncos threatened by loading the bases with one out. Harris thrived under the pressure striking out one batter and getting the next to ground out to retire the side and give the `Dogs the win 3-1.
"I wasn't really nervous at that point when the bases were loaded," said Harris. "There 1-2-3 batters were coming up, but I was confident in my defense and knew we could pull through. I was focused on getting the ground ball and letting my defense do the work behind me. I wasn't looking for a strikeout, but it was great to get that out."
Fresno State hits the road for a three-game series against Colorado State April 19-21.
"Discover Fresno State Athletics!" -- Bulldog softball travels to Colorado State for a three-game Mountain West series April 19-21. Catch the action on ESPN 790 The Deuce, home Bulldog softball. Stay connected with the Bulldogs on Facebook (fresnostateathletics) and Twitter (@FSAthletics).
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