Friday, March 6, 2015

Fresno State's Compton pitches perfect game in win over Iowa

There were originally 10 games scheduled for Mountain West softball teams Friday, but games involving New Mexico and Colorado State were postponed due to weather-related issues.  Fresno State saved the best for last in the game's final day Friday as junior pitcher Jill Compton no-hit Iowa and threw a perfect game.

Fresno State 9, Iowa 0 (5 innings) - Bulldog pitcher Jill Compton was literally unhittable Friday in Fullerton as the junior tossed the 15th perfect game in school history.  Compton struck out nine and did not allow a base runner versus the Hawkeyes in Fresno State's first perfect game in school history against a Big Ten team.  The last time the Bulldogs no-hit a team from the Big Ten was 15 years ago when first team All-American Amanda Scott no-hit Michigan on March 4, 2000.  For Compton, it marked her first career perfect game, but the third consecutive season in which she pitched a no-hitter.  Fresno State's high-powered offense had no trouble against Iowa ace Shayla Starkenburg, who had a 3.46 ERA entering the day.  Starkenburg, who owns a complete-game road win this season over 15th-ranked Central Florida, faced immediate trouble in the first inning as the Bulldogs batted around, scoring four runs on three hits.  Fresno State would send 18 batters to the plate in just the first two innings alone against Starkenburg.  Brenna Moss walked to lead off the game, stole second, and moved to third when Malia Rivers reached on an error.  A walk to Michelle Solomon was next, and Paige Gumz delivered a 3-run double to clear the bases and put the Bulldogs ahead 3-0.  Alyssa Villalpando followed with an RBI single and it was 4-0.  Not only did Fresno State bat around in the first, it did the same in the second inning, again sending nine to the plate and scoring five runs this time.  Moss walked again and Rivers followed with a single before Solomon singled to drive in both runners.  Gumz hit another single, followed by an RBI double from Bria Kennedy.  Next, Kennedy came home on an RBI single by freshman Katie Castellon.  Meanwhile, Compton was mowing down the Hawkeyes.  She struck out at least one in each inning, including the side in both the second and fifth, when the run rule was invoked.  Gumz finished with two hits and four RBI, Solomon a hit and two RBI, and Villalpando and Kennedy both had two hits and an RBI.  Moss, Rivers, Solomon and Gumz all scored a pair of runs. It was the 72nd no-hitter in school history.

Michigan 9, San Jose St. 1 (5 innings) - The Spartans were run-ruled for the second straight game and third time in a week, falling to the 3rd-ranked Wolverines (20-3) in Fullerton.  Michigan got a pair of home runs from All-American Sierra Romero, who finished with five RBI.  Her 3-run shot in the third was part of a 5-run inning for the Wolverines, who snapped a 2-game losing streak after losing twice on Thursday.  SJSU was held to just two hits in the game and Allison Lang (4-4) took the loss.

San Jose St. 11, Iowa 2 - In Fullerton, the Spartans pounded out 18 hits in a rout of the Hawkeyes.  Iowa decided to hold back its pitching ace Starkenburg for its matchup with Fresno State later in the day, and instead went with freshman Ashley Yoways (2-6, 7.37 ERA) to start this one.  Things didn't go well for Iowa.  SJSU rocked Yoways from the start, sending 15 batters to the plate in the first two innings and scoring four runs on five hits.  In the fifth, Yoways was replaced by Jillian Navarrete (21.00 ERA), who gave up three hits in a 3-run Spartans half inning. Jessie Hufstetler, after an 0-for-6 day Thursday, was 3-for-3 in this one with three RBI.  Alyssa Martinez continued a strong tournament with three hits and four RBI.  Lang, who took the earlier loss to Michigan Friday, got the start and win in this one, improving to 5-4.  Iowa finished with six hits.

San Diego St. 4, Pacific 2 - In Fullerton, the Aztecs came back from a 2-run deficit for the win over the Tigers.  Lorena Bauer, Jenavee Peres and Leia Ruiz all had two hits as San Diego State out-hit Pacific nine to eight.  Down 2-0 in the third, SDSU tied it on a Peres RBI single and Bauer RBI double.  An inning later, the Aztecs took the lead for good.  Ruiz and Samantha Camello both hit 2-out singles, and Ruiz came home on a 2-out error by the Tigers on a grounder off Kayla Jordan's bat.  Peres followed with an RBI single to end the scoring.  Erica Romero struck out five, walked three and allowed eight hits to go the distance and pick up the win over struggling Pacific, which lost for the 15 time in 21 games this season.

UNLV 9, Iowa State 0 (5 innings) - The Rebels had just four hits in the game, but took advantage of four Iowa State errors in a rout of the Cyclones in Las Vegas.  Two of the errors came with two outs in the first inning when it was just a 1-0 lead for UNLV.  A foul ball that was dropped by first baseman Jorden Spendlove would've gotten Cyclones starter Katie Johnson out of the inning down just a run.  The miscue came just before 9-pitch and 12-pitch walks to Halle Rosario and Brooke Stover.  Still with two outs, run-scoring singles from Chrissi Omalza and Jade Yadao-Valdez followed. Then Garie Blando, who'd singled to lead off the inning, hit a fly ball to right that was dropped for another error by Ally Cappaert, bringing two more runs home for the Rebels, and the rout was on.  Seven of the nine runs in the game were unearned.  The only extra-base hit in the game was a double by Alyssa Cordova.  Morgan Ettinger and Janine Petmecky pitched a combined 3-hitter.  UNLV was held to just one hit after the first inning.

Cal State Bakersfield 8, New Mexico 7 (8 innings) - In Albuquerque, the Lobos spotted the Roadrunners an early 4-0 lead, then rallied back to go in front 7-4, only to see Bakersfield (7-10) respond with the game's final four runs.  New Mexico starter Carrie Sheehan didn't have it going in this one, lasting 1 2/3 innings, giving up four runs on six hits.  Reliever Krissy Fortner went the rest of the way, shutting down CSB for awhile before running into trouble late.  In the sixth, Fortner got two quick outs to begin the frame before a walk and four consecutive hits followed as the 'Runners pulled into a 7-all tie.  With the international tiebreak rule in effect in the eighth, the Roadrunners got a 2-out double to score the placed runner, who had been unable to advance past second base to that point.  In the Lobos' half of the eighth, their placed runner advanced to third base immediately on a wild pitch, but with the runner at third base and nobody out, UNM was unable to score the tying run.  All three outs in that critical eighth by the Lobos were groundouts to the left side of the infield.  Mariah Rimmer had three hits, including a pair of doubles, while Gabrielle Stacy had two hits and three RBI.

Weber State 10, Boise State 7 - In the Broncos' home opener on the first day of the SpringHill Suites Invitational, the Wildcats had 13 hits in a win over the hosts in Boise.  Five of Weber State's 13 hits went for extra bases, including three home runs.  All three round-trippers were given up by Boise State freshman starting pitcher Rachel Rodriguez, who took the loss.  After a 4-run top of the first inning for the Wildcats that included a home run, the Broncos fought back and eventually tied the game 5-5 in the third.  But it was the top of the fourth inning that would prove crucial as Rodriguez gave up a pair of home runs and Weber State went in front for good.  The Broncos hit three home runs themselves in the game as Makenzie Sullivan, Kayla Clausen and Shaelee Pearson all went deep.  Rodriguez gave up 10 hits and nine runs (eight earned) in 3 1/3 innings.  Nicole Wilson held the Wildcats to just a run on three hits over the final 3 2/3 innings, keeping the Broncos within striking distance.  Weber State improved to 10-7 on the season.

Utah State 5, Montana 3 - The Aggies got a complete game pitching performance from Noelle Johnson, who also hit a home run in a win over the first-year NCAA Division I program Montana Grizzlies in Boise.  Kenzie Cole, the former pitcher for the Broncos, took the loss as the starting pitcher for the Griz.  USU rallied from three runs down, getting 2-out, 2-run doubles in the fifth and sixth innings from Jolene Koons and Paxton Provost.  Johnson gave up seven hits and struck out six.  Both teams entered the game with 2-12 overall records.