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Harlee Donovan — who slugged 37 career homers through two years at CSM and earned 2016 California Community College Fastpitch Coaches Association Northern California Player of the Year honors — is transferring to Southern Oregon University to play at the up-and-coming NAIA program in Ashland, Oregon.

The CSM Softball team led by two runs going into the seventh inning of Saturday’s semifinal matchup against Sacramento City College. After two harmless outs to start the inning, Sac City rallied for an improbable comeback.

With a 6-4 win over Sierra College Sunday at Bulldog Stadium, the CSM Softball team capped a sweep through the Super Regional playoffs to punch its ticket back to the state tourney for the fourth consecutive year.

The Lady Bulldogs’ starting-pitching tandem of Samantha Dean and Morgan Jones closed out the regular season with back-to-back gems to help CSM (11-1 in Coast Conference, 36-3 overall) head into the playoffs with the best overall record in the state at 36-3.

Half Moon Bay High grad Harlee Donovan hit three home runs including a grand slam to help lift the Lady Bulldogs to 13-0, 9-0 victories against College of the Sequoia on Thursday. Donovan, a sophomore catcher, now has a state-leading 15 home runs for the season and 35 home runs in two years.

The College of San Mateo softball team still has seven games remaining in the regular season, but by virtue of its eight-inning, 12-9 win over rival Ohlone, the Bulldogs captured their fifth straight Coast Conference North title and the 10th conference title since 2000.

The Lady Bulldogs (22-2 overall) rode the arms of pitchers Samantha Dean and Christy Peterson to earn their 50th consecutive home victory with a 2-0 win over Napa Valley College (0-11) Saturday at Bulldog Stadium.

Having won No. 49 in a row at Bulldog Stadium Tuesday against Hartnell, CSM looked to extend its home winning streak, dating back to the 2014 season, Thursday against Cabrillo. The game was postponed due to weather, however, and has been rescheduled for Sat., March 19 at noon.

The Lady Bulldogs (15-1 overall) opened the day against West Hills Coalinga (3-8) with an 11-0 win, banging out 15 hits in support of starting pitcher Morgan Jones’ three-hit shutout.

With three straight wins to start the season, the College of San Mateo softball team has done nothing to tarnish its No. 1 ranking among California Community College teams.