May 3, 2013
By Theresa Kurtz
By Theresa Kurtz
FRESNO, Calif. - Freshman Jill Compton dealt her second straight shutout as the Fresno State softball team opened the series with a 3-0 win over New Mexico on Friday night at Bulldog Diamond. Compton has tossed 14 consecutive innings dating back to her last outing against San Diego State.
"Tonight was a great team win for us," said Compton. "I've been working hard with coach on mental game and mixing up my pitches. Tonight we showed how much all of us have been working. We got run support from the offense, Paige caught a great game and the defense played well behind me."
The freshman struck out 10 batters on the night, which is one shy of her career-high 11. She struck out the side in the second inning and recorded five straight outs by strikeout. She allowed only one hit in the third inning and has thrown three one-hit games in her first season in the circle as a Bulldog.
"She labored through seven innings tonight, which is great," head coach Trisha Ford said of Compton's outing. "She is starting to understand how to be a pitcher and not a thrower. She's starting to get the little nuances of pitching that she can use to her advantage."
Junior Vonnie Martin extended her hitting streak to 11 games with a RBI single through the left side to give the `Dogs a 1-0 lead in the first inning. She finished the night 2-for-3 and has 10 multi-hit games on the year.
In the fifth inning, outfielder Brenna Moss tripled to right field and scored a run on an error as the Bulldogs' lead grew to 2-0. Moss was 3-for-4 with two stolen bases. She has 27 stolen bases in 2013 tying the single season record.
"Brenna is a fantastic ball player and so much fun to work with," said Ford of Moss' production on offense. "She has so many different ways to get on base and putting pressure on the defense. She is fun to watch."
Senior Diane Runge capitalized on the Lobos second throwing error in the fifth inning to score and increased Fresno State's lead 3-0.
Catcher Paige Gumz was the third Bulldog to record a multi-hit game after hitting two base knocks. Fresno State outhit the Lobos 11-1.
"Offensively, we did an okay job," Ford said. "Yes, we got 11 hits, but we should've taken advantage of more opportunities with runners on base. I am looking forward to tomorrow and watch them play our game."
After throwing her sixth shutout of the season, Compton's ERA dropped to 2.91. She is 14-13 in the circle and has a 6-3 record in Mountain West action.
The Bulldog continue the series on Saturday, May 4 at 6 p.m. in Bulldog Diamond. The `Dogs are hosting Bark in the Park inviting fans to bring their dogs to park on a leash and watch from the berm.
"Discover Fresno State Athletics!" -- Bulldog softball hosts New Mexico for their final three-game Mountain West series May 3-5. 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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