Bulldogs Win Duel Behind Compton's Gem
April 28, 2013
By Theresa Kurtz
By Theresa Kurtz
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Fresno State softball won the final game of the series over San Diego State 4-0 on Sunday afternoon at the SDSU Softball Stadium. The Bulldogs (27-22, 8-7 MW) and Aztecs were locked into a pitchers' duel and Jill Compton came out on the winning side after dealing her fifth shutout of the season.
"Jill is capable of doing whatever she wants to do, but she is still learning to keep that focus with every pitch," said head coach Trisha Ford of Compton's performance. "Today she did a great job. She does a really great job on Sundays. She was mixing her pitches well and came up with the big pitches when she needed to keep us in the ball game."
Fresno State erupted for four runs and eight hits late in the game to end the pitchers' duel. Junior Kapri Angotti drove in the go ahead run in the fifth inning and the Bulldog offense added three more runs in the sixth to seal the win.
"We started putting the ball on the ground and put pressure on the defense," Ford said. "That is what we are trying to instill in the players and patent our offense around. It was great execution by our hitters of putting the ball into play and on the right side allowing our speed to work."
Compton struck out four Aztecs and is now 13-13 on the season with the win Sunday afternoon. She has 119 strikeouts on the season and after the shutout her ERA dropped to 3.14. The `Dogs scored three earned runs on Aztec ace Rebecca Arbino handing her the loss.
"We wanted to come out and show what we are capable of," said Angotti. "We deserve to be here and are not going to be an easy team to put away. We will keep fighting and battling back."
San Diego State threatened to take the lead in the bottom of the fourth as an Aztec runner reached third base, but the `Dogs recorded two straight pop outs to keep the game tied 0-0.
In the fifth inning, the Bulldogs strung together three straight base knocks from Stesha Brazil, Paige Gumz and Whitney Smith to load the bases. Angotti singled to third base plating the go ahead run for the `Dogs. Fresno State headed to the sixth inning with a 1-0 advantage.
"I knew I needed to stay calm and follow the game plan of putting the ball in play," Angotti said. "I knew if I could get the ball in play good things would happen."
The Bulldog offense sealed the win in the sixth inning as the momentum carried over from the fifth inning. Diane Runge and Vonnie Martin led off the inning with back-to-back singles. Michelle Solomon drove in a run with a double down the right field line. The scoring frenzy continued as Martin scored on an Aztec error and Gumz drove in a run to give Fresno State the lead 4-0.
Martin finished the game 2-for-4 and hit .545 on the series. Solomon also collected a multi-hit game after going 2-for-4.
Fresno State outhit the Aztecs 9-5 in the final game of the series. Compton surrendered five base hits and two walks in her second appearance of the weekend. The freshman struck out a total of eight Aztecs in her two starts in the series.
"Jill did an amazing job," added Angotti. "She shut them down, which was huge for us. She gave us ground outs when we needed to keep us in the game and get out of innings."
The Bulldogs return to Bulldog Diamond May 3-5 hosting New Mexico in their home finale. Fresno State will honor the 2013 senior class prior to the game on Sunday, May 5.
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