Compton Leads in First Season in the Circle

March 18, 2013

By Elly Walker & Theresa Kurtz

FRESNO, Calif. -- Jillian Compton's journey growing into the softball all-star she is today has been one of hard work and dedication.

"My dad always told me to push harder, keep pushing harder, you can do it," Compton said. "His encouragement made a big influence on how I play today."

With the encouragement and support of her father, Compton excelled in high school and made her way to Bulldog Diamond.

"My dad has always pushed me to become a better player and a better person," Compton said. "Without his support, I would not be playing collegiate softball."

The Bulldog right-hander is an Oceano, Calif. native and was a softball standout at Arroyo Grande High School. During her three varsity seasons, she recorded 764 strikeouts and pitched two perfect games.

The freshman chose to attend Fresno State because of the town's atmosphere.

"I love how the town supports Fresno State Athletics," Compton said. "It is great to see such a dedicated crowd in the stadium each game."

Compton has quickly made an impact for the Bulldogs in her first season. The freshman made her mark at Fresno State when she became the 20th pitcher in Bulldog softball history to throw a no-hitter on Feb. 23 against St. Mary's. Compton's performance against the Gaels was her first career no-hitter and 70th in the program history.

While confident in the circle, Compton still has pregame jitters from time to time. Compton overcomes her first-year nerves and butterflies with the constant reminder that her defense and team are right behind her and supporting her.

"It is definitely nerve racking, but I know my defense has my back and our offense will supply runs," Compton said.

Compton's success in the circle continued on March 10 when she recorded six scoreless and hitless innings against then-No. 6 Cal. She struck out six consecutive batters and a career-high 10 in the game versus the nationally ranked Bears.

She leads the team with 59 strikeouts after 30 games. She has 3.14 ERA in 22 appearances and 15 starts.

As the freshman looks to the future, she can't wait to bring championships and big wins to Bulldog Diamond and the community.

"It's our goal to win the conference and go to the NCAA tournament," Compton said. "If we stick to the game plan and we each do our part, we can make it happen. I'm looking forward to giving it all we have out on the field and continue the Fresno State softball tradition.

"Discover Fresno State Athletics!" -- Bulldog softball returns to Bulldog Diamond on March 20 for a midweek game against Pacific at 6 p.m. Catch the action on ESPN 790 The Deuce, home Bulldog softball. Stay connected with the Bulldogs on Facebook (fresnostateathletics) and Twitter (@FSAthletics).