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Sophomore outfielder Morgan Howe up to bat against Cal State Bakersfield on Tuesday, March 21 at Margie Wright Diamond. (Khone Saysamongdy/ The Collegian)

Top Dog of the week with Morgan Howe

Name: Morgan Howe #47

Sport & Position: Softball, Outfielder

Year & Major: Sophomore, Criminology

Hometown: Mira Mesa, CA (San Diego County)

Fresno State outfielder Morgan Howe is this week’s Top Dog after going 6-for-10 over the weekend at San Diego State University with 4 RBIs, a double and a homerun in the series. The sophomore’s batting average has improved to .470 on the season, the highest of the Diamond ‘Dogs.

Once forced to play baseball as a kid, Howe recalled how she found her way to the sport she loves now.

“I’ve been playing since [I was] 7 or 8 years old,” Howe said. “My dad actually put me in baseball first, and I hated it so I made him let me quit.

Howe said that what she loves most about the sport is that “whatever you put into it, you’re going to get out of it.”

“You can’t just show up one day without being prepared at all,” she said. “You have to work for it, and the game knows.”

In just her second season as a Bulldog, Howe expects to continue playing softball the rest of her time at Fresno State and maybe even beyond.

“If the opportunity is there, I think it would be really cool to keep playing,” Howe said. “I’m not sure what I want to do or what I want to be, but I’m invested in softball and if the sport takes me farther then that’s cool.”

“Always keep trucking when times are hard,” Howe said. “Our three words are grit, relentless and family. I think that’s a huge part of being a Bulldog.”

In terms of the 2017 season, Howe expects to continue growing as a player by working hard. She expects to go further this year in the postseason tournament.

“Just continuing to work hard and continuing to be the best I can be for my team — obviously, winning the Mountain West and also going farther in regionals than they did last year,” Howe said.

Fun Facts

Favorite food: Strawberries

Favorite movie: “Tangled”

On pregame routines or rituals: Left sock then the right sock

Favorite game day venue: “The only time I’ve been anywhere has been for softball, but I liked Puerto Vallarta (Mexico) this year. That was really fun being in Mexico. I’ve never been out of the country, so that was the first time.