Sunday, April 26, 2015

Red-hot Fresno State leads MW by 2 games after 12-0 rout


Fresno State took a 2-game lead in the Mountain West standings with a 12-0 (five innings) rout of Nevada Sunday, marking the Bulldogs' seventh straight win.  A 9-run bottom of the third inning was more than enough for pitcher Jill Compton, who all but solidified a fourth straight MW Pitcher of the Week honor with another remarkable effort on a perfect 3-0 week.  Aside from her second 1-hitter in three days and winning her 25th game of the year, Compton struck out 25 batters in 16 1/3 innings to run her conference-leading season strikeout total to 214.

Compton allowed just one hit in a game for the second time this weekend, winning her 11th consecutive start.  And she got plenty of offensive support too as the red-hot Bulldogs rolled to not only their seventh straight victory overall, but their 12th win in their last 13 games.  It came on Senior Day when the Bulldogs honored the team's five seniors, two of whom are starters.

The Bulldogs also got some help in Las Vegas where UNLV shocked San Jose State 8-0 in six innings, pushing the Spartans 2 1/2 games behind Fresno State in the standings.  The Bulldogs control their own destiny heading into their final regular season series May 7-9 after taking next week off in conference play.

San Diego State remained two games back of Fresno State with three to play, though the Bulldogs also hold the tiebreak advantage over the Aztecs after taking two of three earlier in San Diego.  The Aztecs defeated New Mexico 10-2 in six innings in San Diego.

Fresno State 12, Nevada 0 (5 innings) - Jill Compton allowed only one hit before head coach Trisha Ford turned to senior Kiley Shae Aldridge on Senior Day to record the final two outs of the Bulldogs' seventh straight win.  Nevada had no answer for Compton for the third consecutive day as the junior right-hander pitched her second 1-hitter of the weekend and third 1-hitter in her last five starts.  Compton, who picked up her 25th win of the year, has won 11 straight games in which she's been the Bulldogs' starting pitcher.  She got plenty of run support Sunday in a 10-hit attack as the Bulldogs swept Nevada for the first time since the 2005 season and outscored the Wolf Pack 23-3 in the process.  In her final regular-season home game, senior Brenna Moss had three hits, an RBI, two stolen bases and scored a pair of runs.  Fellow senior Michelle Solomon had a hit and two RBI, while sophomore Malia Rivers had a pair of hits and three RBI, including a 2-run single in the Bulldogs' 9-run third inning.  Kierra Willis had two hits and two RBI in a single inning during that 9-run uprising that gave Compton more than enough wiggle room.  The top four batters in the Fresno State lineup went 8-for-14 with eight RBI as the Bulldogs spread the wealth around with all nine hitters scoring runs in the game.  Compton was just four outs from her second perfect game in two months before Megan Sweet broke it up with a single, Nevada's only hit.  For the weekend, Compton led the league by going 3-0 with two shutouts, two 1-hitters and a 1.29 ERA.  Nevada, which entered the week ranked third in the Mountain West with a .309 team batting average, scored in just one inning during the entire series.

UNLV 8, San Jose St. 0 (6 innings) - In a game that was a near complete role-reversal from Saturday, this time it was the Spartans who were unable to come up with a clutch hit, while the Rebels took advantage of nearly every scoring opportunity.  Pitcher Janine Petmecky, who struggled and took the loss in Friday's series opener and entered Sunday with a 2-8 overall record, shut out the Spartans and limited them to four hits.  Petmecky had given up six earned runs in 3 2/3 innings Friday, but kept SJSU off the scoreboard early Sunday when the Spartans repeatedly threatened.  Unlike yesterday when UNLV continually stranded base runners in key situations, this time it was the Spartans who left two runners aboard in each of the first three innings.  San Jose State stranded runners in every inning but the fourth, while UNLV scored early and often against Spartans pitchers Madison Fish and Katelyn Linford.  In fact, the Rebels scored in all six innings.  Garie Blando had a pair of hits, including a home run in the fourth inning to push UNLV in front 5-0.  Alyssa Cordova had two big hits -- an RBI single that put the Rebels on top 1-0 in the first, and a solo homer that extended the margin to 4-0 in the third as UNLV made its eight hits in the game really count.

San Diego St. 10, New Mexico 2 (6 innings) - The Aztecs hit three home runs on their way to a rout of the Lobos in San Diego.  Lorena Bauer, Jenavee Peres and Kayla Jordan all went deep on a day San Diego State had 11 hits against two New Mexico pitchers.  Things started out fine for UNM, but the Aztecs broke through in the bottom of the third to snap a scoreless tie against Lobos starter Krissy Fortner.  A bunt single by Samantha Camello came just before Jordan launched a 2-run shot to right.  With two outs in the inning, Peres belted a homer to left, chasing Fortner and bringing in Carrie Sheehan.  SDSU increased the lead to 5-0 an inning later and Bauer added a home run in the fifth.  In the sixth, Sheehan walked three batters and it proved very costly as all three went on to score.  Erica Romero picked up her 30th win of the season, scattering six hits.

Boise State 7, Colorado St. 1 - In a matchup of struggling teams, the Broncos improved to 4-14 in conference play, while the Rams dropped to 5-13.  Boise State freshman pitcher Rachel Rodriguez improved to 5-18 on the season, allowing three hits and an earned run.  Colorado State's Holly Reinke, a second-team all-conference selection a year ago, fell to 10-18 and didn't make it out of the second inning.  Makenzie Sullivan and Jordan Kreiger both hit home runs and finished with two RBI for Boise State.  For Kreiger, it was her first round-tripper of the year.