Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Fresno State's Compton no-hits Spartans in 2-0 road win

Sophomore pitcher Jill Compton of Fresno State pitched a no-hitter as the Bulldogs picked up a key road series victory with a 2-0 shutout of San Jose State Wednesday.  Meanwhile, UNLV knocked San Diego State out of a first-place tie with a 2-1 victory in Las Vegas.  Colorado State, just minutes after Fresno State moved alone into first place, joined the Bulldogs atop the conference standings with a run-rule rout of New Mexico.  And finally, Boise State stayed in the thick of the race for the title with two wins at Utah State -- one in a game that was resumed from Tuesday.

Fresno State 2, San Jose State 0 - Jill Compton tossed the second no-hitter of her career and the 71st in Fresno State softball history as the Bulldogs won the series against the Spartans in San Jose.  Compton had the Spartans off balance all day long, striking out seven.  SJSU's lone threat came in the sixth when two walks (one intentional to Jessie Hufstetler, who homered Tuesday) gave the Spartans a pair of base runners.  Brenna Moss and Brooke Ortiz singled to lead off the third, and Moss came home on an RBI groundout by Stesha Brazil.  Michelle Solomon came up with a clutch, 2-out RBI single in the sixth for the Bulldogs' second run.  Vonnie Martin doubled in the game versus SJSU starter and loser Madison Fish.  Compton was the third Bulldog pitcher in history to no-hit San Jose State and the first since All-American Jamie Southern no-hit the Spartans in 2002. 

UNLV 2, San Diego State 1 - The Rebels knocked the Aztecs out of a first-place tie with a series victory in Las Vegas.  Amanda Oliveto and Danielle O'Toole were locked in a pitcher's duel as each allowed five hits in going the distance.  Garie Blando, who had five hits in UNLV's game two victory, hit the first pitch of the day by O'Toole for a home run to give the Rebels a 1-0 lead.  San Diego State tied it in the top of the sixth on an RBI single by Jaylene Ignacio.  UNLV came right back in the bottom of the frame with the game-winner, a double by Jenna DePippo to score Emily Haslinger, who was hit by a pitch.  The 2-time defending Mountain West champs fell a game behind Fresno State and Colorado State in the conference standings, while UNLV is a half-game behind (though two full games back in the loss column).

Colorado State 13, New Mexico 5 (5 innings) - A 5-run bottom of the fifth ended this one in run-rule fashion as the Rams won the series in Fort Collins.  Colorado State was never threatened in this one after scoring six runs in the bottom of the first to remain in a first-place tie in the Mountain West standings.  UNM remained in eighth place among nine teams.  Colorado State had 15 hits to 11 for the Lobos, and Holly Reinke scattered all 11 for the complete-game win.  Lisa Rodrigues started and took the loss, allowing five earned runs in just one-third of an inning.  CSU hit three home runs, and Chelsea O'Connor (3 hits, 5 RBI), Alysa Greckel (3 hits) and Haley Hutton (3 hits) were among the hitting stars of the day.  Danielle Wikre ended the contest via the run rule with a 3-run shot in the fifth.

Boise State 11-10, Utah State 9-1 - The Broncos won two games to complete a 3-game sweep in Logan.  Utah State struggled in a major way without its No.1 player -- ace pitcher Noelle Johnson -- who did not play in either game.  Johnson had been on base when Tuesday's second game was postponed by rain.  When the game was resumed today, Johnson had been replaced by a pinch runner and she did not bat or pitch in either game Wednesday.  Franny Vaaulu and Abby Indreland pitched for the Aggies and struggled.  In the finale, Boise State won in a 10-1 (five innings) rout despite managing just three hits in the contest and being out-hit five to three.  The culprit:  A Mountain West record 17 walks issued by Utah State in the game, including 15 by Vaaulu.  In the final two games of the series, Boise State batters walked 28 times.