Susdorf and Melloh Named Athletes of the Year
The freshman pitcher shocked the softball world and broke numerous records.
The freshman pitcher shocked the softball world and broke numerous records.

July 2, 2008

FRESNO, Calif. - After leading the Bulldog baseball team to its' first-ever NCAA National Title, senior Steve Susdorf was named the men's Athlete of the Year by the local media. The female honoree is Morgan Melloh, a left handed pitcher for the softball team. Both of these student-athletes led their respective teams to historic seasons.

Susdorf was drafted by the Detroit Tigers after his junior year but decided to return to Fresno State and became one of the most decorated athletes to ever sport a Bulldog uniform. He was the 2008 WAC Player of the Year and was also named to the WAC All-Tournament, All-West Region, NCAA Tournament All-Regional and the CWS All-Tournament teams.

He leaves Fresno State as the all-time career leader in RBI's with 216. Susdorf also ranks in the top 10 in home runs, doubles, hits and runs scored. Susdorf, a civil engineering major, was also an Academic All-American.

Susdorf is the 13th baseball player to be named Athlete of the Year since the men's award began in 1958.

The next stop for Susdorf, the Philadelphia Phillies of MLB as he was drafted in the 19th round.

Other male athletes nominated: Kevin Bell, Basketball; Grant Doverspike, Golf; Marcus Riley, Football; Fran Sanders, Track and Field; Rudy Siwy, Tennis.

Melloh, a freshman from Fishers, Ind., led the Bulldog softball team back into the top 10 rankings in the coaches polls and to a 54-13 record, the teams best since 1999. She shocked the softball world as she was named the WAC Freshman and Pitcher of the Year, a first-team Easton All-American and a second-team NFCA All-American.

She broke four school single-season records including appearances (59), wins (42), innings pitched (360.1) and strikeouts (454). She also ranks in the top 10 in complete games (44), games started (46), strikeouts per 7 innings (8.82), shutouts (20) and saves (3)

Another very impressive feat in her first year, Melloh ranks in the top 20 in the NCAA in a single-season in appearances (59), complete games (44), innings pitched (360.1) and victories (42).



She is the 18th Bulldog softball player to earn this award for females since it began in 1982.

Other female athletes nominated: Sharon Ayala, Track and Field; Melanie Gloria/Tinesta Rowe, Tennis; Laura Luethke, Golf; Alisha McKee, Volleyball; Lisa Wells, Equestrian; Tierre Wilson, Basketball.

Past Fresno State Athletes of the Year

Year Male Female
2008Steve Susdorf, BaseballMorgan Melloh, Softball
2007Dwayne Wright, FootballMelanie Gloria, Tennis
2006Christian Vitters, Baseball Katharina Winterhalter, Lucia Sainz, Tennis
2005 Logan Mankins, Football Jamie Southern, Softball
2004 Richie Robnett, Baseball Jelena Pandzic, Tennis
2003 Nick Watney, Golf Chloe Carlotti, Tennis
2002 David Carr, Football Jamie Southern, Softball
2001 Stephen Abas, Wrestling Becky Witt, Softball
2000 Courtney Alexander, Basketball Amanda Scott, Softball
1999 Stephen Abas, Wrestling Dora Djilianova, Tennis
1998 Jeff Weaver, Baseball Amanda Scott, Softball
1997 Giuseppe Chiaramonte, Baseball Robyn Yorke, Softball
1996 Fredrik Bergh, Tennis Nina Lindenberg, Softball
1995 Gerry Abas, Wrestling Robyn Yorke, Softball
1994 Trent Dilfer, Football Maureen Brady, Softball
1993 Lorenzo Neal, Football Kim Maher, Softball
1992 Gerell Elliott, Soccer Terry Carpenter, Softball
1991 Bobby Jones, Baseball Julie Smith, Softball
1990 Ron Cox, Baseball Martha Noffsinger, Softball
1989 Tom Goodwin, Baseball Yvette Roberts, Basketball
1988 Lance Shebulut, Baseball Melanie Parrent, Softball
1987 Doug Fraley, Track; Kevin Sweeney, Football Wendy Martell, Basketball
1986 Doug Fraley, Track Melanie Parrent, Softball
1985 Doug Fraley, Track Ruth Lawanson, Volleyball
1984 John Hoover, Baseball Renee Wyckiff, Track
1983 Henry Ellard, Football Wende Ward, Softball
1982 Rod Higgins, Basketball Wende Ward, Softball
1981 Matt Mileham, Track
1980 Tim Norris, Golf
1979 Vince Petrucci, Football
1978 Dean Jones, Football
1977 Steve Campbell, Track
1976 Art Ruble, Swimming
1975 Mike Giroux, Track
1974 Roger George, Track
1973 Mark Hance, Baseball
1972 Jerry Pender, Basketball
1971 Dick Ruthven, Baseball
1970 Erkki Mistakari, Track
1969 Tim McCall, Football
1968 Mike Gallego, Wrestling
1967 Larry Gonsalves, Baseball; Mike Gallego, Wrestling
1966 Lonnie Hughes, Basketball
1965 Dale Messer, Football
1964 Beau Carter, Football
1963 Eddie Davies, Wrestling
1962 Bobby Paull, Baseball
1961 Dale Messer, Football
1960 Joel Spinola, Golf
1959 Gary Alcorn, Basketball
1958 Angel Robinson, Track

 Email this article   Printer-friendly format