Fresno State softball concludes the 2013 regular season with a double header at Long Beach State on Saturday.
May 7, 2013
Fresno State Notes
By Theresa Kurtz
FRESNO, Calif. -- Fresno State softball ends the 2013 regular season on the road with a double header against Long Beach State on May 11 starting at 1 p.m. Both game will be broadcasted on 790 ESPN 2.
About Long Beach State
Fresno State faced Long Beach State earlier in the season and lost 8-0. The series began in 1985 with the Bulldogs winning 1-0 and 4-0. The `Dogs have an overall record of 34-16 against Long Beach State. Fresno State had a six game winning streak against LBSU from 1999 to 2008.
Scouting the 49ers
Long Beach State is 35-20 on the season and 17-7 in Big West action. The 49ers enter the double headers with a five game winning streak on the line. LBSU is hitting .290 on the year with 434 hits, including eight triples, 51 home runs and 230 RBI. Shayna Kimbrough is hitting .380 after 54 starts with eight doubles, two triples and 18 RBI. She also leads the team with 13 stolen bases. In the circle, the 49ers have a 3.13 ERA and 287 strikeouts. Ace Erin Jones-Wesley is 19-8 on the mound with four shutouts and 184 strikeouts in 169 innings pitched.
`Dogs Duo Earn MW Weekly Honors
Senior Vonnie Martin and freshman Jill Compton earned Mountain West Player and Pitcher of the Week honors for the second time this season. Martin batted .625 (5-for-8) in three starts recording at least one hit and one RBI in each of the three contests, pushing her hitting streak to 13 games. Compton extended her streak of scoreless innings to 21 by tossing two complete-game shutouts while compiling a 2-0 record and 0.00 ERA as the Bulldogs completed the three-game series sweep of the Lobos.
The Bulldogs Finish First Season in Mountain West
The Bulldogs finish their first season in the Mountain West with an 11-7 record and currently sit in second place with one last weekend left to play. The `Dogs end the season with a non-conference double header, while the rest of the conference concludes league action. San Diego State is ahead of the `Dogs with a 10-5 record and three games to play.
Martin on Fire Late in the Season
Senior Vonnie Martin has moved up in the lineup and emerged as an offensive threat for the Bulldogs late in the season. In Mountain West action, she is hitting .436 with 24 hits, three doubles and 12 RBI. In the last six games, Martin is hitting .579 with 11 hits and five RBI. She has become clutch in pressure situations hitting .625 with two outs and .600 with runners in scoring position in the last six games. The third baseman is hitting .326 on the year with five doubles, a home run and 24 RBI.
Compton Takes Charge
Freshman Jill Compton has taken charge of the circle for the Bulldogs and has dealt 21 consecutive scoreless innings. She struck out a career-high 12 batters in her second appearance against New Mexico. In her last six starts, Compton has a 4-2 record with four shutouts and 50 strikeouts. She has allowed seven earned runs for an ERA of 1.23. She also has an opposing batting average of .145 in her last six appearances. On the season, Compton has a 2.91 ERA and 141 strikeouts. She has tossed 20 complete games and seven shutouts.
`Dogs Collecting Bases
Fresno State is first in the Mountain West and 33rd in the country in stolen bases. The Bulldogs have stolen a total of 84, which set a new single season record. The `Dogs also set a new single game record after recording eight stolen bases in a game against New Mexico. Fresno State is led by Brenna Moss, who has 32 stolen bases.
Moss Swiping Extra Bases
Sophomore Brenna Moss set a new single season record after recording seven stolen bases last weekend. The sophomore has 32 on the season and leads the team and conference. She also tied the single game record for three stolen bases against New Mexico. She is 20th in the country with 0.67 stolen bases per game.
"Discover Fresno State Athletics!" -- Bulldog softball travels to Long Beach State for a double header against the 49ers on Saturday, May 11. Catch the action on ESPN 790 The Deuce, home Bulldog softball. Stay connected with the Bulldogs on Facebook (fresnostateathletics) and Twitter (@FSAthletics).