The Fresno State softball team is taking No. 44 off the board.
Laura Berg, who wore the number during her All-America career as a Bulldog, will have her jersey number retired at Fresno State next month.
“I’m very excited and honored. I loved being a Bulldog,” said Berg, now in her third season as the Oregon State coach.
The ceremony is scheduled for Feb. 28 before the Bulldogs’ 5:30 p.m. game against Oregon State in the Fresno State Louisville Slugger Bash at Margie Wright Diamond.
Berg was a four-time All-America outfielder for the Bulldogs and also won three Olympic golds with Team USA.
She starred on the 1998 Fresno State team that won the NCAA Division I national title and finished her Bulldogs career leading the Western Athletic Conference in triples, runs, hits, at-bats, games and total bases. She is second all-time in NCAA history with 396 career hits.
Berg joined the U.S. national team in 1994 and earned 11 total medals (10 gold) while competing in the Olympics, International Softball Federation Women’s World Championship and the Pan American Games. She represented the U.S. in four Olympics in all, winning gold in 1996 in Atlanta, 2000 in Sydney and 2004 in Athens. The Americans took the silver in 2008 in Beijing.
Berg graduated from Fresno State in 1998 with a degree in recreation and leisure studies and was a Bulldogs assistant from 2000-03 and in 2005 after a break for the 2004 Olympics.
“Laura is a very special person and this honor is well deserved,” Fresno State coach Trisha Ford said. “She is the only four-time USA Softball Olympian in the country and someone who wore the Bulldog jersey proudly. … We are excited about the opportunity to honor her.”