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Desarie (Knipfer) French
Desarie (Knipfer) French
Sport: Softball
Inducted: 2003

Desarie (Knipfer) French owns virtually all Cal Poly softball pitching records.

The two-time All-American once struck out 18 batters in a game, struck out 253 batters in 1998 and 798 in her four-year career, all school records, along with 21 wins in a season and 64 career wins and a career 1.06 ERA. Her 0.74 ERA as a freshman (1995) was ranked seventh in the nation.

She was Big West Pitcher of the Year twice (1997, 1998) and first-team All-West Region twice (1997-98). Desarie was named 1997 and 1998 Cal Poly Female Athlete of the Year, twice was a Louisville Slugger all-American (1997 and 1998) and was the first overall pick in the Women's Professional Fastpitch League in 1998.

During the 1995 and 1996 seasons, Desarie helped Cal Poly to national rankings as high as 16th and 18th, respectively. She struck out 518 batters in a single season (1994) at Soquel High School, a state and national prep record which has since been broken.

Desarie played on the Georgia Pride in the Women's Fastpitch Softball League and for the Florida Wahoos in the Women's Professional Softball League. She was a 1998 U.S. Olympic Trials participant and was named a WPSL All-Star in 2000.

Desarie and her husband, Michael, a former Pacific-10 Conference wrestling champion at Cal Poly, currently reside in Carlsbad. They were married June 28, 2003 in Pismo Beach.

Desarie is a human resources representative for Invitrogen Corporation.

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