Thursday, May 19, 2016

Bulldogs nearly sweep All-Mountain West honors

The All-Mountain West teams and postseason honors were announced this week and it was almost a clean sweep for Fresno State.

There were three repeat winners as senior pitcher Jill Compton was named Mountain West Pitcher of the Year for a second straight season, senior catcher Paige Gumz was named Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year for the second year in a row, and Fresno State head coach Trisha Ford earned Mountain West Coach of the Year honors a second straight campaign.

For the first time since joining the Mountain West, the Bulldogs also took home the conference Player of the Year award, as junior outfielder Kierra Willis capped an outstanding year with that accolade.

Winning Freshman of the Year honors was Boise State's Rebekah Cervantes.

Compton is the third pitcher to win the league's Pitcher of the Year award twice, but she is the first to ever do it in back-to-back seasons.  She went 15-1 in conference play and 25-5 overall during the regular season.  Willis led the Mountain West in on-base percentage, runs scored and walks, and batted .451 in conference play.  She tallied hits in every conference game but three, and reached base safely in every game.  Gumz committed just one error this season, and has played every inning of her four-year career at catcher for the Bulldogs.  Cervantes was the league's top home run hitter among freshmen, and Ford now owns the career-best winning percentage in MW games all-time.

To see the full list of All-MW honorees (first and second team), click here.  Mountain West champion Fresno State led the way with seven all-conference selections.  In addition to Compton and Willis, infielders Alyssa Villalpando and Lindsey Willmon earned first-team honors.  In addition to Gumz, Bulldog outfielder Bria Kennedy and infielder Malia Rivers earned second-team honors.