For the second straight night, Fresno State pitcher Jill Compton faced a high-pressure situation in the final inning.
This time the junior wouldn’t lose focus.
Despite watching her shutout slip away after serving up a home run in the top of the seventh, then placing runners on first and second base, Compton got out of the jam and Fresno State held on for a 2-1 win against Santa Clara late Saturday night at Margie Wright Diamond.
Compton finished with 10 strikeouts, catching Santa Clara’s No. 3 hitter Breezy Bernard looking for the final out to wrap up the second day of the three-day Fresno State Kick-Off tournament.
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On Day 1, Compton gave up three runs in the top of the seventh in a 4-2 loss to UC Riverside.
Sophomore Kierra Willis provided Fresno State (7-2) with just enough firepower against Santa Clara when she hit her first career home run, a two-run shot in the bottom of the sixth that broke up a scoreless game.
Willis, an All-Mountain West Conference second-team selection last season, finished 2 for 3.
In the first of their two games Saturday, the Bulldogs generated 11 hits in beating UC Davis 8-5. The top four batters in the Fresno State lineup each finished with a pair of hits.
Michelle Solomon, batting in the No. 3 spot, went 2 for 4 with three RBIs. Leadoff hitter Brenna Moss was 2 for 2 with three runs, two walks and her sixth steal this year.
Bulldogs No. 2 hitter Malia Rivers and Katie Castellon at cleanup each were 2 for 4 with an RBI. Kierra Wilson, who batted sixth, went 2 for 3 with two RBIs..
Women’s tennis team rolls
The Fresno State women’s tennis team swept Santa Clara 7-0 at the Degheri Tennis Center and captured its sixth straight win.
Fresno State (6-2) seized the doubles point after sisters Maiar and Rana Sherif Ahmed won the top doubles 8-4, and Sofya Malysheva and Tanya Murtagh pulled out a 8-7(4) win in the No. 3 pairings.
Maiar Sherif Ahmed remained undefeated in dual-match singles, winning 6-2, 6-0. Tanya Murtagh secured another point after winning 6-4, 6-1 in the No. 6 pairing before Sophie Watts, ranked No. 43 in the country, closed out the team victory with a 6-3, 6-2 at No. 2.
• Fresno State’s men captured the doubles point and were victorious in the No. 5 and 6 singles pairings. But the Bulldogs could not come up with one more win, instead allowing Santa Clara to capture the next four matches en route to a 4-3 loss. Fresno State’s Eric Komati lost 6-3, 7-5 in the deciding match on Court 3, falling to Santa Clara’s Mikheil Khmiadashvili.
The Bulldogs’ top doubles team of Euan McIntosh and Adam Glynn won 6-4, as did Fresno State’s Sai Kartik Nakireddi and Nikolas Papic at No. 3 doubles. Joshua Zeoli and Papic each won 6-3, 6-1 in the No. 5 and No. 6 singles pairings.
Track and field struggles in Seattle
Fresno State had a quiet outing during the second and final day of the Husky Classic in Seattle.
Competing in one of the premier invitationals in U.S. indoor track and field, the Bulldogs didn’t generate any top 10 finshes.
Kyra Johnson was Fresno State’s top performer, placing 11th in the 400-meter run at 56.05 seconds. Stanford’s Kristyn Williams won in 53.35. The Bulldogs’ Dezirae Johnson and Kimberley Efonye also ran in the 400 for the Bulldogs, finishing 15th and 18th, respectively.