July 16, 2012 By Theresa Kurtz
By Theresa Kurtz
FRESNO, Calif. - Former Fresno State softball standout Laura Berg (1998), and the 2004 U.S. Olympic Softball Team were inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame for the Class of 2012.
"The ceremony was amazing," said Berg of the July 12 Hall of Fame ceremony. "It was a lot of fun to be back with my teammates. We haven't all been together since 2004, so to see everyone was fun."
The 2004 U.S. Olympic Women's Softball Team coined the "Real Dream Team" on the cover of "Sports Illustrated," will go down as one of the most dominant teams in Olympic history. With a perfect 9-0 record and a string of eight consecutive shutouts, this team lived up to the hype.
"Everyone hit on all cylinders in 2004," said Berg of the team's performance at the Olympic Games. "To be honored is amazing. I am speechless. It's hard to describe it, but it was an amazing feeling when we heard that we were going to be inducted."
In 2004, the team outscored its opponents 51-1 in nine games in Athens and did not allow a run until the sixth inning of the gold medal game against Australia. The U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame Class of 2012 was formally introduced and honored on July 12 during an awards ceremony at the Harris Theater in Chicago. The ceremony, hosted by Jimmy Roberts and Alex Flanagan.
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.
Berg received the Fresno State Alumni Associations Outstanding Alumna Award for the Department of Athletics in 2003. A four-time U.S. Olympian, she is currently on the coaching staff at Oregon State.
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