Wende Ward Lourenco, 1998 Fresno Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee

With her strong right arm, productive bat and steady glove, she contributed mightily to Fresno State’s rise to prominence and helped build the fan base that led to the construction of the nation’s best softball stadium. Named team MVP and San Joaquin Valley media female athlete of the year four straight seasons (1980-1983) while dividing time between the pitcher’s mound and third base. Earned All-America honors in ’82, when the Bulldogs finished second to UCLA at the College Softball World Series. The Tulare Western High School graduate pitched six no-hitters, including two perfect games, while compiling a collegiate career record of 77-36 and 0.61 earned-run average. In the era before the introduction of the “juiced” softball, hit 13 home runs and averaged .286 over four seasons. Virtually wrote the record book for the Bulldogs upon graduation and at the time of her Hall of Fame induction, still ranked among the top 10 in every major pitching category. Her uniform (No. 19) was retired in 1987. Later compete professionally on women’s golf mini-tours and also was a futurity show horse rider.

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