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California College Launches Twitter Campaign to Score Presidential Visit

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(FRESNO, Calif.) -- President Obama heads to the central California city of Fresno on Friday to talk about the state’s severe drought. And though the White House has yet to release details of the president’s itinerary, one California college is trying really hard to get on his schedule.

The athletic department at California State University, Fresno has mounted a Twitter campaign — complete with its own hashtag — to convince Obama to throw out the first pitch at its women’s softball team’s home opener.



“A visit to Bulldog Diamond would be a relaxing finale for the couple and their first glimpse of one of the nation’s most historic athletic programs,” Fresno State Athletics assistant director of communications Geoff Thurner wrote in an article on the college’s website. “The ‘Dogs have racked up a national-leading 30 softball NCAA tourney appearances to go along with one national title, four runner-up finishes and three more third-place efforts among their 12 Women’s College World Series trips.”

Thurner and the women’s softball team head coach Trisha Ford are encouraging fans to use the #Obama1stPitch hashtag to put some friendly pressure on the president.



If the president decides to take Fresno State up on its offer, the game starts at 4:15 p.m., and the Bulldogs are facing Sacramento State.



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