April 22, 2014
SAN JOSE, Calif. - The Fresno State softball team (25-16, 9-4) opened its doubleheader with an 8-1 win over San Jose State (24-19, 7-6) Tuesday afternoon at SJSU Field.
In the circle for the Bulldogs, sophomore Jill Compton (16-7) boosted the team with her 14th complete game of the season. Her seven strikeouts was her second-highest tally of the year, and she also walked two and scattered six hits and one earned run.
At the plate, a pair of Bulldogs stroked three hits - junior center fielder Brenna Moss (3-for-5, SB) and sophomore second baseman Whitney Smith (3-for-4). The duo now have 18 and nine multi-hit games on the season (and first- and second-most on the squad in 2014).
Senior third baseman Vonnie Martin (2-for-3) added her seventh multi-hit game of the campaign, and her 34th walk of the season moved her into a tie for fifth-most in a season for the `Dogs.
Among the four Fresno State players that hit safely once, freshman Kierra Willis (1-for-1) also drew a pair of walks in her first start of the year in right field.
In the 'Dogs five-run second inning, senior first baseman Stesha Brazil and Smith led off with a double and single, and Fresno State's first run came on a sacrifice bunt by Willis and errant throw by the pitcher to first base. Two batters later, on a grounder by junior DP Kelly Megee, the first baseman tried to get the force out at home, but the ball skipped away to score two runs. Senior left fielder Kapri Angotti followed with a two-run single to center field for her RBI season high.
In the third inning, Fresno State added a run on three straight singles by Smith, Willis and sophomore catcher Paige Gumz (1-for-3).
The `Dogs scored another run in the fourth inning when Moss singled and advanced on a bobble by the left fielder and sacrifice bunt, then scored on a single by Martin to left field.
Fresno State's final run came in the sixth inning after Moss singled to shortstop with one out, stole second base, then scored on another RBI single by Martin to shortstop.
Moss's swipe was her 26th of the season - one shy of the second-best total in school history and only eight off her school record from last year.
Offensively for SJSU, the game started fortuitously with a pair of singles, a walk and RBI single by Jessie Hufstetler all occurring with no outs. However, Compton struck out the Spartans' fifth hitter, and Moss added another highlight-reel diving catch and doubled up the runner on second base who hadn't tagged.
Fresno State added its 22nd double play of the season in the second inning when Brazil gloved a lined shot down the 1B line, and dived back to tag first base and narrowly beat the runner for the out. The `Dogs entered the weekend ranked eighth nationally and first conference-wise in the category and logged its fifth multi-double play contest of the year.
For the game, right fielder Michelle Cox (2-for-2) was the lone Spartan with multiple hits, and four others hit safely once.
SJSU starter Katelyn Linford (8-11) pitched the first 3.1 innings, struck out three, walked one, allowed nine hits, and four of her seven runs allowed were earned.
Allison Lang worked the next 2.1 innings, struck out two, walked one, and gave up one hit and one earned run.
Berlyn Rippentrop worked the final 1.1 innings, logged no strikeouts and one walk, and allowed two hits and no runs.
Looking ahead, the `Dogs return to the SJSU Softball Field for the second game of the doubleheader immediately after, while the series finale is set for Wednesday at noon.
Later this week, Fresno State returns home to host UNLV for 6 p.m. games on Friday and Saturday, and a 1 p.m. finale on Sunday.
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