Fresno State softball to honor Amanda Scott, Donna Pickel

Scott, who helped Fresno State win the national championship in 1998, will have her jersey retired.

Fresno State is continuing its run of retiring jerseys, announcing Monday that two legends of the softball program will be honored. 

Four-time All-American and 1998 national champion Amanda Scott and Donna Pickel, the first head coach in program history, will be celebrated in March. 


The big picture: Fresno State will retire Scott’s jersey before the Bulldogs take on San Diego State on March 23. 

  • Pickel’s celebration will take place one day later on March 24, ahead of the series finale against the Aztecs. 
  • Scott had a 106-18 record as a pitcher and was named the Women’s College World Series Most Outstanding Player in 1998. 
  • Fresno State made the NCAA Tournament all four years of her collegiate career, advancing to the Women’s College World Series in three of them. 
  • Scott went on to play softball professionally and internationally. 
  • Pickel led the Bulldogs to a 306-146-7 record over eight seasons, making the Women’s College World Series twice, where the Bulldogs were the runner-up in 1982. 
  • Pickel also coached the women’s basketball team, leading the ‘Dogs to two conference championships and the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women Championships in the 1973-1974 season. 

What they’re saying: “Amanda Scott is one of the most accomplished student-athletes we have ever had come through Fresno State,” said Fresno State Athletic Director Tumey. “She will forever be remembered as a leader, a dominant competitor, and a national champion. Her legendary contributions to our softball program will continue to serve as inspiration for our current and future student-athletes.”

  • Tumey called Pickel a true pioneer of Fresno State athletics. 
  • “Her unwavering commitment to women’s sports, and specifically our softball program, paved the way for generations of female student-athletes to live out their dreams as Bulldogs,” Tumey said. “We are forever grateful for her servant leadership and lifelong commitment to Fresno State.” 
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