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.