Friday, May 3, 2013

Fresno State's Compton 1-hits Lobos in shutout

Fresno State freshman pitcher Jill Compton threw a shutout for a fourth consecutive weekend and became the first Mountain West pitcher to earn a sixth win in conference play.  Compton allowed just one hit in an impressive complete-game effort as the Bulldogs beat New Mexico 3-0 Friday.

Elsewhere, Boise State roared to a big early lead, saw it disappear, and then came back for a 15-6 win at UNLV.

Fresno State 3, New Mexico 0

Fresno State freshman Jill Compton struck out 10 and tossed a complete-game 1-hitter, shutting out New Mexico at Bulldog Diamond.  For Compton, it was the sixth complete-game shutout of her freshman season, her third 1-hitter, and the fourth time she's allowed one hit or less in a game this season.

Brenna Moss had three hits for Fresno State, including her nation-leading eighth triple.  Moss also scored two runs and stole two bases, giving her a Mountain West-best 27 steals on the year.  In all, Fresno State had five steals in the contest for a total of 73 this season -- two shy of a school record.

Kaela DeBroeck threw a complete game for UNM, but allowed 11 hits.  Fresno State blew several strong scoring chances, stranding eight and leaving several in scoring position.

Vonnie Martin had two hits for the Bulldogs, running her current hitting streak to 11 games in a row, best in the conference.  Freshman Paige Gumz had two hits, and the Bulldogs got back to back hits from pinch hitters Taylor Green and Caitlin Neal in the sixth.  For Neal, it was her first hit as a Bulldog.

Compton allowed a 1-out single to Kaity Ingram in the top of the third inning and that was it.  After retiring 13 batters in a row, Compton allowed a walk with two outs in the seventh before a groundout ended it.  Fresno State won its 12th straight against UNM and now leads the series 30-5.

Compton's shutout was her second straight, following Sunday's shutout win at San Diego State.  She's pitched 15 consecutive scoreless innings.  The Bulldogs moved into a virtual tie for second place in the conference at 9-7.  UNM fell to 3-10.

Boise State 15, UNLV 6

The Broncos pushed five runs across in the top of the first inning to take a big lead, but later had to come from behind to beat the Rebels in Las Vegas.

Lela Work picked up the win in relief for Boise State after Rebecca Patton gave up four runs and lasted just one inning.  UNLV, for the first time in Mountain West play, didn't start Amanda Oliveto in game one of a series.  Instead, freshman Francesca Foti got the start and took the loss, allowing seven earned runs in 2 1/3 innings.

Oliveto came on in the third, but didn't fare any better against a Broncos team that had 14 hits in the game.  She gave up seven earned runs on seven hits but wasn't a factor in the decision.

Work threw the final six full innings for Boise State, scattering four hits and allowing a pair of earned runs for the win.

The Broncos were all about extra-base hits in this one as only six of their 14 hits were singles.  Boise State had four home runs, including two by Devon Bridges.  Both of Bridges' hits in the game were homers and she finished with three RBI.

Mackenzie Whyte and Sarah Barnes also went deep.  Bridges and Barnes were two of five BSU players with two hits in the contest.  Joining them were Tara Glover, Rose Saenz and Jordan Kreiger.

The Broncos' win left both teams at 6-7 in the conference race and in a tie for fifth place.