Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Compton sets record as Bulldogs sweep MW honors

Fresno State swept the Mountain West Player and Pitcher of the Week honors this week, with shortstop Whitney Smith winning her first weekly honor, and pitcher Jill Compton setting a record with her fourth straight award.  (Watch the video.)

Compton, who pitched a pair of 1-hit shutouts and went 3-0 last week in a series sweep over Nevada, made Mountain West history when she earned her fourth weekly honor in a row.  Since the conference began sponsoring the sport in the year 2000, no pitcher had won the award four straight weeks until now.

The old record for consecutive weekly MW pitching honors was three, first set by Jacque Kerrigan of UNLV in 2005.  That mark was tied by San Diego State's Christina Ross (2008) and Samantha Beasley (2010), before Compton tied it last week.

Today, Compton became the first Mountain West pitcher to capture the award four straight weeks.  In addition, she is the first to ever win the honor six times in a 7-week span.  It is the ninth time the junior right-hander has won the award during her Fresno State career.

Winning the Player of the Week honors was Smith, who has become one of the Mountain West's most underrated players batting in the No. 9 spot for Coach Trisha Ford's Bulldogs.  Smith has started all 50 games for Fresno State this season and is now batting over .400 in conference play after hitting .800 with an .889 on-base percentage in last week's sweep of Nevada.