By Ray Hamill — Hailey Dolcini has announced that she will be transferring from Fresno State as she pursues her Master’s degree.
The former Fortuna Husky and four-time Big 5 softball MVP has one year of eligibility remaining at the collegiate level and made the announcement on social media on Thursday.
“Those of you that know me, know how much I love this program and the Valley and can understand this decision was one of the most difficult decisions,” her statement read. “With that being said, it is with a heavy heart that I have decided to graduate this December and enter the transfer portal to begin my Master’s degree and finish my playing career elsewhere.”
Dolcini enjoyed three stellar years at Fresno State after transferring from UC Riverside in 2019, earning all-conference honors each season with the Bulldogs.
This past spring she was named as one of the top-25 finalists for the national player of the year after posting the 11th-best ERA in the nation (1.12).
She finished the year with 259 strikeouts and a record of 22-5, including four no-hitters, two of which were perfect games, and two of which remarkably came within 24 hours of each other.
In her statement, the Ferndale native paid tribute to the Bulldogs.
“Red Wave… thank you,” she said. “Thank you for welcoming me into Fresno with open arms and making this place feel like home. None of the success I had would have been possible without all of your support throughout the years. I am beyond thankful for my time here, the memories made and for all the people that I have met along the way.”
Dolcini, like many NCAA student athletes, was given an extra year of eligibility because of the pandemic, which shortened the 2020 season.