Former `Dogs To Be Inducted Into HOF

Jan. 3, 2013

By Theresa Kurtz

FRESNO, Calif. - Former Fresno State head coach Margie Wright and outfielder Laura Berg were announced as members of the 2013 class to be inducted into the National Softball Hall of Fame.

Wright, who retired from Fresno State in 2012, is being recognized for her meritorious service. Berg, who played for the Bulldogs from 1994-98, is one of two fast pitch players to be inducted.

In her 27 seasons as head coach of the Fresno State softball program, Wright directed the Bulldogs to a national title (1998) while guiding the program to the NCAA Women's College World Series 10 times, which included the National title, three national runner-up finishes, three third-place showings and three fifth-place finishes.

Wright became the first NCAA Division I softball coach and 24th overall in NCAA Division I history, regardless of sport, to amass 1,000 Division I career victories and the first to tally 1,400 fastpitch wins.

Having become the NCAA's all-time winningest softball coach in 2000, the ten-time conference coach of the year boasts 17 outright or shared conference titles, three WAC tournament championships, 10 regional championship crowns while leading Fresno State to 26 consecutive NCAA postseason appearances from 1986-2011.

As a Bulldog, Berg was a four-time All-American whose collegiate career was highlighted by a NCAA Championship title in 1998. Also leading Fresno State to three Women's College World Series appearances and a pair of Western Athletic Conference crowns, Berg is the only Bulldog to record three consecutive 100-hit seasons.

She finished with a .414 career batting average while also ranking among the NCAA's best in at bats, runs and triples. Her hit total of 396 ranks No. 2 all-time in NCAA Division I history.

A three-time U.S. Olympic gold medalist in softball, Berg has been a world-class athlete since becoming an USA National Team member in 1994. Her memorable Olympic highlights include scoring the first run of the gold medal game in 1996 and collecting the game-winning hit in 2000. She also has captured gold medals at three ISF World Championships in addition to a pair of gold medals at Pan American Games. She is currently the head softball coach at Oregon State.

The 33rd induction ceremony will take place on Nov. 13, 2013 in Oklahoma City, Okla. at the 82nd Annual ASA Council Meeting.

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