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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oregon State head softball coach Laura Berg was inducted into the National Softball Hall of Fame by the Amateur Softball Association of America and USA Softball, Sunday evening in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Berg was joined in the class of 2013 by her long-time teammate Lisa Fernandez and her college coach Margie Wright, along with umpire Randy Melvin and slow pitch player Shirley Simmons Snell.
“It’s such an honor,” Berg said. “It’s special to be inducted, especially with the class I went in with. Lisa Fernandez was my teammate during my entire time with USA softball, and Margie Wright was my head coach at Fresno State, so to go in with them, it’s really special.”
Berg is the most decorated American softball player in history. She helped the USA to three Olympic gold medals (1996 – Atlanta, 2000 – Sydney, 2004 – Athens) and one silver medal (2008 – Beijing), playing in the outfield. Berg’s eighth-inning hit in the 2000 gold-medal game drove in the game-winning run, as the USA defeated Japan 2-1. The Santa Fe Springs, Calif., native, won 11 total medals during her playing career (10 gold), competing in the Olympics, the ISF Women’s World Championships and the Pan American Games.
Berg played her college softball for Fresno State, and was a four-time All-American during her time with the Bulldogs. She is second all-time in NCAA history with 396 career hits, and is 12th in NCAA history with 245 career runs. She finished her career with a .414 batting average, and at the time of her graduation in 1998, Berg sat atop the Fresno State record books in hits, triples, stolen bases and runs.
In 2013, her first season as head coach of the Beavers, Berg led Oregon State to a 34-24 record, the best record ever amassed by a Beaver head coach in his or her opening campaign.