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Vern Glenn of KPIX profiles the 2015 Bulldogs of CSM Softball, after a 38-0 regular season. They’re looking for the elusive California State Crown.

The No. 2-seed College of San Mateo softball team overcame an early deficit to down No. 8 San Joaquin Delta 7-5 in Sunday’s Super Regional championship game at CSM. With the win, the Bulldogs improve their undefeated record to 40-0 and advance to the state championship tournament starting Friday at Bakersfield College.

While Lauren Berriatua didn’t throw a perfect game, she achieved a different type of perfection in Friday’s Super Regional softball opener at the College of San Mateo. Berriatua fired a one-hit shutout to lead the No. 2-seed Lady Bulldogs (38-0) to a 7-0 win over No. 10 West Valley (30-8).

The Lady Bulldogs’ sophomore was sitting atop the state leader board in batting average on Feb. 28 when she played her last game in over a month. Following a first-inning single against College of the Sequoias, Rodriguez advanced to third base on a bunt by Kayleen Smith.

The College of San Mateo softball team kept its undefeated record in tact by sweeping through the opening round of the California Community College Athletic Association regional playoffs.

They will continue their historic pursuit in the playoffs this weekend. Despite being the state’s unanimous top-ranked team, CSM is the No. 2 seed in the NorCal bracket and will face 15th-seeded American River (20-17) in a best-of-three series beginning Saturday.

CSM closed its regular season with a 20-0 mercy-rule victory over visiting Foothill, though the rout served merely as a backdrop for the making of history. With the win, the 2015 Lady Bulldogs etched their name as the greatest team throughout a regulation season in program history, completing an undefeated run with a 35-0 record.

The top-ranked Bulldogs (33-0), seeking a trip to the state championships for a third year in a row, crossed an item off their checklist by earning a fourth straight Coast North Conference title over the weekend. CSM crushed City College of San Francisco to the tune of 31-0 in a mercy-rule shortened game at home in which Harlee Donovan regained the state lead with her 16th home run and Christy Peterson hit a grand slam.

Softball coach Nicole Borg insists a perfect season has not been a goal this season. And yet, with just two games left in the regular season, the state’s top-ranked team finds itself in such a position. The Bulldogs are coming off a 31-0 win over City College of San Francisco Tuesday to improve to 33-0 this season.

Behind the untouchable pitching dominance of Lauren Berriatua, CSM (26-0) is showing no signs of slowing down. The sophomore right-hander has split time with sophomore right-hander Lacie Crawford this season. As a result, Berriatua ranks 15th in the state with 95 2/3 innings pitched. Yet she leads the state in wins (18), ERA (0.22) and ranks fourth in strikeouts (115).