HAWAII GROWN: Dung leaving Fresno State

Fresno State pitcher Kamalani Dung is leaving the school after two seasons. Photo courtesy Fresno State athletics.

Kamehameha alumna and reigning Mountain West Conference pitcher of the year Kamalani Dung announced on Saturday night via instagram that she will not return to the Bulldogs for her junior season.

Dung, who went 26-15 with 218 strikeouts in 254 1/3 innings as a sophomore, wrote a lengthy note that reads as follows:

“After long consideration, I have finally decided to officially state that I will not be returning to Fresno State. The past two years as a Bulldog have been an experience that I will always hold near to my heart, and I will forever be thankful for the opportunity to represent the valley. I wish nothing but the best to my team, the coaches, and especially to my friends, amazing fans, community, and everyone who has shown continuous support to me throughout my time at Fresno. I believe that everything happens for a reason, and that God has a special plan for my next chapter of my life. I’m sad that my time at Fresno State has come to an end, but I’m extremely grateful for the overwhelming opportunities that have come. Excited for the future! #godogs”

Dung, who chose Fresno State out of high school from a list of more than 50 offers, thrived as the Bulldogs’ ace last season. The 5-foot-8 right-hander won back-to-back MWC pitcher of the week awards and was named to the NFCA All-Pacific Region third team.

She led the conference in wins, ERA and strikeouts and also recorded 31 complete games and nine shutouts, which ranked 17th in the country.

COMMENTS

  1. Mahatma Gandhi July 23, 2017 3:01 pm

    I seen her pitch against Michigan in the 2017 softball regionals. Fresno pitched her 3 days in a row. Her arm was tired and sore. So Michigan got to her the next time they faced her. She gives everything she has, every pitch. Who would ever want to live in Fresno? Meth capital of the world. Why did she ever chose Fresno out of Kamehameha? Didn’t UH want her?


  2. Chauns Rodrigues July 23, 2017 6:01 pm

    I’m so surprised that yr leaving Fresno..being that yr an outstanding pitcher and faithful teamate.I hope Whatever yr next decision for yr future is continuing in this sport.I hope U the.best wherever U decide to go.Ialso hope U keep in touch with all of us..Much Aloha from 808.


  3. Education First July 23, 2017 6:28 pm

    Mahatma Gandhi July 23, 2017 3:01 pm
    I seen her pitch against Michigan in the 2017 softball regionals. Fresno pitched her 3 days in a row. Her arm was tired and sore. So Michigan got to her the next time they faced her. She gives everything she has, every pitch. Who would ever want to live in Fresno? Meth capital of the world. Why did she ever chose Fresno out of Kamehameha? Didn’t UH want her?
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    I give this young lady credit for leaving the island and taking a chance. No one knows her reason for picking Fresno State. Nothing wrong with her selection to go there. She gave her all and now has her own reasons for leaving.

    Obviously this young lady and her family felt it was a good decision at the time to move from Hawaii and live in Fresno. I bet you would be doing flips if your kid was offered anything from Fresno State.


  4. Education First July 23, 2017 6:41 pm

    Word on the street is many of the kids and parents are turned off by the coach’s style of communicating and instructing. Also the continuous implementing of God is overwhelming some folks. Take that for what it’s worth…..


  5. Jonah July 23, 2017 11:21 pm

    I know quite a few girls go on to play college ball and a good amount represent in D1, but who has been the last ace impact PITCHER at the D1 highest level before dung? Has there been one? She might be making history for Hawaii right now!


  6. JOE KAAEKUAHIWI July 24, 2017 2:29 am

    I lived in FRESNO for almost 10 years and graduated from FRESNO STATE-graduated WAIANAE HS1978…FRESNO CA is not by all means the best place to live but its not the worst…I can take you on a field trip[personally] and show you some nice areas …its high in crime but all big cities in california is like that…sounds like your city has all the angels or that PERFECTION COMES FROM U! YOURSELF!! Im VERY SAD that the WAIANAE GIRL is leaving FS but we all have to move on!! we had a tough year Athletically BUT THE DOG POUND WILL BE BACK & THATS A PROMISE~GO DOGGS


  7. Proud Hawaiian July 24, 2017 11:53 am

    Good luck with whatever it is you decide to do!!! Imua!!!


  8. Mahatma Gandhi July 24, 2017 3:33 pm

    Joe Kaaekuahiwi, braddah of Troy Kaaekuahiwi. Both starters on Waianae’s Prep Bowl winning teams in 1977 and 1978. Should have had 3 on a row in 1979. I think I was told they got their own business, moving/shipping household goods.


  9. sports reader July 24, 2017 4:06 pm

    Jonah-
    I think u are right, i think she is making history as the highest level PITCHER out of Hawaii to not only be an ace for a division 1 but be a huge impact player and ranked nationally!


  10. Walt July 24, 2017 8:46 pm

    Good luck girl. You got this!


  11. Education First July 25, 2017 4:57 pm

    @ Joe K. I see Mahatma backpedaling after talking crap and being called out by you.


  12. Mary Hackbarth July 25, 2017 4:59 pm

    A total of 7 players left after this season. Good luck to you Kama 😀


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