Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Fresno State frosh Compton shuts out Pacific

Fresno State rode the arm of freshman Jill Compton and the bat of senior Diane Runge to a 1-0 win over Pacific in Wednesday's only game involving a Mountain West softball team.

Compton, making her first home start since March 9 when she took a no-hitter into the seventh inning vs. the Cal Bears, was at the top of her game again.  She allowed just three hits to the Tigers in a complete-game victory, the eighth of her freshman campaign.  It was Compton's 11th complete game and second shutout.

The Bulldogs got the only run they would need in the bottom of the third inning against Pacific junior pitcher Tori Shepard.  Kapri Angotti singled to lead off the frame and was sacrificed to second by Brenna Moss.  With one away, Runge hit an RBI single for one of two hits she had to lead the Bulldogs in the game.

Compton faced a serious threat just once and carried a no-hitter into the fourth inning.  In the fourth, senior Amy Moore singled with one out, and moved to third on a double by Pacific's senior All-American Nikki Armagost.  That hit by Armagost, the reigning 2-time Player of the Year in the Big West Conference, represented the Tigers' lone extra-base hit.  A foul out and a swinging strikeout by Compton ended the threat.

After allowing a leadoff single to begin the top of the fifth, Compton didn't allow a hit the rest of the way.  The Bulldogs had five hits against Shepard and left the bases loaded in the fourth when Paige Gumz and Vonnie Martin singled, and Maria Sio walked.

Fresno State improved to 18-13 overall with the victory.  Pacific, which has played nine games already versus nationally-ranked opponents in a brutal schedule, fell to 15-16 on the season.  Wednesday marked the 15th consecutive game Pacific has played against an opponent with a winning record.  The Bulldogs now lead the all-time series with the Tigers 79-22-1.