Jill Compton pitched her third shutout of the year to cap Fresno State’s sweep on the first day of the Fresno State Classic at Margie Wright Diamond.
Compton scattered six hits and two walks Thursday, and Paige Gumz drove in the lone run with a two-out single in the fifth, as Fresno State pulled out a 1-0 victory against Pacific.
Compton pitched in and out of trouble while allowing runners to reach through the first five innings. But she closed out the day with perfect sixth and seventh innings. The Bulldogs have six shutouts for the season.
Fresno State earlier defeated Providence 6-1 as the top half of the batting order combined to hit 8 for 14 with four runs, six RBIs and three steals. Malia Rivers, who bats second, and cleanup hitter Kierra Willis each drove in three runs.
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Rivers, who finished the first game 3 for 4 with two runs, broke a 1-1 tie with a two-run single up the middle in the fifth. Willis put Fresno State ahead 5-1 with a two-run double down the left-field line.
Bulldogs pitcher Hannah Harris (5-2) logged the win, scattering five hits and one walk and striking out four. Providence scored in the third.
Fresno State (17-9) had a four-game losing streak entering the day.
Sunbirds ace upstages pro pitching prospect
Fresno Pacific pitcher Wilson Ashford outdueled Azusa Pacific ace Josh Staumont for a 10-2 win over the No. 24 team in NCAA Division II.
Ashford threw 72/3 scoreless inning and struck out a career-high 12 batters in front of dozens of major league scouts to upstage Staumont, a top prospect who has thrown 100 mph this season and entered with a 1.21 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 22 innings.
The Sunbirds (13-7, 4-5 PacWest) rang up 10 runs on five hits and six walks against Staumont in the PacWest contest, highlighted by Preston Scott’s homer in the first and John Koretoff’s two-run single in the fourth. Nick Stoll went 3 for 4 with two runs. Azusa (16-5, 6-3) scored in the ninth.
Navarrete leads Rams
Nate Navarrete drove in two as NorCal No. 2 Fresno City beat Porterville 8-5 in a Central Valley Conference game in Bakersfield.
Jorge Alvarado (5-1) went six innings, and Justin Heskett the final three for his second save for the Rams (15-3, 10-1). The Pirates are 3-16 and 0-8.
• Tyler Morgan had a pinch-hit, run-scoring double in the ninth as Sequoias beat Taft 4-3. Gene Cachu pitched 11/3 scoreless innings for the win. Blake Edmonson recorded his third save.
• Jenae Ortega and Morgan Matheny powered Reedley’s softball team past Porterville 8-0 in both games.
Ortega hit a three-run home run in the second inning of the first game. Jordan Matheny had a three-run homer in the fifth inning of the second game for the Tigers (12-11, 4-1). The Pirates dropped to 10-9 and 0-3.
Conference honors ’Dogs tennis player
Fresno State junior Sophie Watts is the Mountain West tennis player of the week.
Watts, ranked No. 47 in the country, won twice in No. 1 singles and in a No. 2 doubles match as Fresno State defeated No. 73 UC Santa Barbara 6-1 and Sacramento State 6-1.
Watts has won 11 straight singles matches. She teamed up with her twin sister Anneka Watts to win in doubles action. It was Watts’ second weekly conference honor and fourth by the Bulldogs this season.
Sunbirds’ Clayton named regional POY
Fresno Pacific senior forward Trevon Clayton is the National Christian College Athletic Association West Region Player of the Year.
Clayton averaged 11.9 points and 10.8 rebounds, the only PacWest Conference player to hit double figures in both categories. Bobby Barnes and Madison Higgins made the second team.
Sunbirds collect academic awards
Fresno Pacific had 10 men’s water polo players earn All-Academic honors from the Western Water Polo Association and Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches.
The coaches group honored David Maes and Daniel Shunichev in the outstanding category (3.71-4.0 GPA), Zlatko Vlasic and Kyle Mauriello in the superior (3.41-3.7) and Kyle Madel and Erik Brown in the excellent (3.2-3.4). In the conference, Madel, Maes, Mauriello, Kevin Richey, Steven Kaufmann, Ian Roos and Jamison Shapland were honored.
Ex-Buchanan star aids Cal Baptist relay
Buchanan High alum Brent Teraoka swam the second leg for a Cal Baptist team that finished 13th in the 200 free relay at the NCAA Division II championships in Indianapolis.
The Lancers’ foursome was timed in 1:22.35 in an event in which Wayne State set a D-II record of 1:18.89.