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Fresno's Wright Wins No. 914 (And 915)

Fresno State University coach Margie Wright became the NCAA Division I all-time career win leader with the 914th and 915th victories of her career on Thursday (March 23) as the Bulldogs swept Cal State Northridge, 2-1 and 5-1, in Fresno. Wright now leads former Cal State Fullerton coach Judi Garman, who coached in 913 winning games, on the all-time Division I list.

Fresno pitcher Amanda Scott picked up the first-game win and got the game-winning hit with a two-out, two-run single to left field in the bottom of the sixth. Left fielder Becky Witt was 6-for-8 at the plate in the doubleheader, 4-for-4 in game one. The No. 6 Bulldogs have now won five in a row.

With a 21-year NCAA Division 1 all-time career record of 915-299-3. Wright entered the 2000 season as the NCAA's all-time active winningest coach by victories. Wright collected career win #900 this season against Texas on March 4 (2-0) and became only the second coach on the Division 1 level to amass 900 or more career wins.

In her 15th season as head coach of the Fresno State softball program, Wright (Illinois State, 1974) has directed the Bulldogs to a national title (1998) while guiding the program to the NCAA Women's College World Series in 10 of the last 13 years. Owning an impressive 764-219-1 (.777) mark with the Bulldogs, she has directed the 'Dogs to the WCWS 10 times since 1986.

Wright has collected 10 outright or shared conference titles, a WAC tournament championship, 10 regional championship crowns, and 14 straight NCAA postseason appearances. With a NCAA title and three national runners-up trophies to her credit, Wright is the only coach in school history to garner region coach of the year honors (seven times) and is the third head coach overall at Fresno State to capture National Coach of the Year honors (1998).

An assistant coach for the 1996 USA Olympic softball gold medal team and leading the USA Softball National Team to a gold medal at the 1998 ISF World Championships, Wright has averaged 53 wins a year and has coached 42 All-Americans and eight GTE Academic All-Americans. Wright, who has posted 50 or more wins 12 times, has notched 60 or more wins twice.

Finally, according to the NCAA's annals, Fresno State is ranked No. 2 by victories as one of the Top 20 winningest teams of the 1990's. In those 10 years, the Bulldogs went 531-147-0 (.783) and made seven NCAA Women's College World Series appearances.