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Nicholson Looks for 1,000 as ASU Softball Takes on Utah at Home
Courtesy: Sun Devil Athletics
Release: 04/09/2014
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TEMPE -- The No. 7/6 Arizona State University softball team returns to Tempe this weekend to host the Utah Utes in a three-game Pac-12 series set to get underway on Thursday, April 10 at 7 p.m. PT/MT.  The Sun Devils will also play on Friday at 5 p.m. before concluding the series on Saturday at 12 p.m.  Thursday and Friday’s games will be broadcast live on the Pac-12 Networks the final game of the series will be streamed live and for free via the Pac-12 website.  

#10THINGS (Twitter-Friendly Notes)

@ASU_CoachNix will be looking for his 1,000th career victory against @Utah_Softball, entering the weekend with a 999-258 career record. 

@ASUSoftball’s @dalpal12 and @a_freeman have been named to 25 finalists for @ASAUSASoftball’s National Player of the Year!

Just a junior, @A_Freeman9 is now sixth on @ASUSoftball’s all-time home run list with 39 in her career and seven this season.

@A_Freeman9 has reached safely in all but three games this season, hitting safely in all but seven of 39 games played.

This week, @dalpal12 picked up her third @Pac12 Pitcher of the Week nod and eighth of her career, tied for second in ASU history.

@CGonzales112 is currently 4-of-5 with bases loaded in @Pac12 play and leads the team in league-play RBI with 14 this season.

@ASUSoftball has a home run in 29 of the team’s 41 games played this season and victories in 27 of those games. #DingerDerby

Alix Johnson (@MissJohnson_33) has 40 walks thus far this season, which is nine more than any player in the @Pac12.

@dalpal12 now has 228 K’s this season and 1,114 in her career, moving her into 50th all-time on the @NCAASoftball career list.

@BethyKemp already has 11 HRs this season, compared to nine last season. Currently tied for fourth in the @Pac12.

Scouting the Opposition

The Sun Devils are 28-12 in the all-time series against the Utes, a much smaller sampling than some series rivalries due to Utah’s inclusion in the Pac-12 only within the past couple years. Many of those games came in years where the team’s faced off just once but in years where at least two games were played, ASU has won the series seven times, split three times and dropped the series on three occasions - including last season in Salt Lake City.  

Utah enters the weekend 3-8 in Pac-12 play and 16-16 overall. Despite playing series against top-10 teams Oregon, Washington and UCLA, the Utes have remained tough in the Pac-12 slate in taking one game from Washington and scoring seven runs in two games against current No. 1 Oregon. 

The Utes are paced offensively by Katie Dickman and Hannah Flippen, who are batting .417 and .411, respectively, this season. While Utah isn’t necessary a long ball team, Bridget Castro has led the team this season in the category with five bombs and a .330 batting average.  

In the circle, Kayce Nieto has received the majority of the starts, compiling a 8-10 record in 18 starts with a 4.81 ERA. Nieto is prone to giving up the long ball with 19 home runs against her this season. Sammy Cordova might also see action as she enters the game with a team-low 3.36 ERA with 21 appearances and nine starts, going 7-3 this season. The Utes pitching staff has given up a Pac-12 high 34 homers this season but has been far and away the top team when it comes to turning doubles plays. Utah has 27 double plays this season in 32 games, over 10 more than any other Pac-12 team and is ranked No. 1 nationally in doubles turned per game. ASU will be looking to avoid hitting many ground balls this weekend as a result.

999 Down, One to Go

ASU head coach Craig Nicholson will be seeking his 1,000 career win this weekend.  He enters the series with 999 under his belt after going 723-90 in a decade of action at Central Arizona College before leading Ball State to being perennial contenders in the MAC with a 241-162 record overall during his time there. With 35 wins under his belt this season, Nicholson finds himself just one away with a career 999-258 record (.794) from reaching a monumental milestone in any sport.

Craig Nicholson Leading the Way

Craig Nicholson was hired on June 30. The head coach at Ball State for the past seven seasons, Nicholson amassed a 241-162 record with the Cardinals and holds a 999-258 career record. Nicholson replaces Clint Myers, who accepted a similar position at Auburn on June 14. On top of coaching at Ball State, Nicholson was the associate head coach for the Chicago Bandits of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) in 2008 and helped the team to a NPF title.

The fastest coach in BSU program history to pass the 100 and 200-win marks, Nicholson was instrumental in Ball State capturing four Mid-American Conference (MAC) regular season championships (2009, 2010, 2012, 2013), a trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2010 and the program’s first All-American. Offensive minded, Nicholson saw much growth in the Ball State program under his tutelage. Not since UCLA’s Sue Enquist retired following a World Series appearance in 2006 has a program coming off an appearance in Oklahoma City gone through a coaching change, making the Sun Devils a very unique program in that regard this season. 

Follow the Action

This is the fourth consecutive weekend that the Sun Devils will be scheduled to be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks with the first two games of the series slated to be shown on television. Jim Watson and Amanda Freed will be on the call this weekend. It is important to note that only fans with access to the Pac-12 Networks through their local provider will be able to view this weekend’s games through the Pac-12 Networks channel or online at the Pac-12.com. Contact your local provider for more details. Saturday’s game will be be provided via a live stream free to all at the Pac-12.com. Additionally, fans are encouraged to stay tuned to ASU softball via social media outlets by following @ASUSoftball on Twitter or liking the team on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/ASUSoftball. 

In The Rankings

After a road sweep against Cal, the Sun Devils moved up remained at No. 7 in the NFCA/USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 6 in the ESPN/USA Softball Poll.   

The View From The Top

Over the past eight seasons, the Sun Devils have been among the most dominant teams in the nation. One need look no further than the weekly NFCA Coaches Poll to get a gage of that.  The Sun Devils have been ranked in 133 consecutive Coaches Polls, a streak that dates back to Week 2 of the 2006 season.  The Sun Devils entered the top-10 in Week 6 of that season and have since been ranked in the top 10 in 122 of the 133 polls that have taken place since the team entered the rankings in 2006.  

A Look Back - California

The No. 7/6 Arizona State University Softball team hit four solo home runs early and closed things out with a six-run fifth inning the complete the Pac-12 sweep over Cal Softball, winning by a score of 10-0 in five innings on Sunday in Berkeley, Calif.  It was the second Pac-12 sweep of the season for the Sun Devils (35-6, 9-3 Pac-12) after picking one up earlier this year against Cal’s Bay Area counterpart, Stanford, in Tempe. Since dropping two of three in the Pac-12 opening series against Oregon State, ASU has won eight of its last nine games.  Dallas Escobedo was exceptional yet again the circle, pitching her team-leading ninth shutout of the season as she gave up just three hits while walking two.  The senior struck out 10 Cal batters despite the shortened game, making it the fourth consecutive game she has eclipsed double-digit strikeouts. She now has 1,114 strikeouts in her career and is now 56th in NCAA history in the category.  The Sun Devils will return home next weekend to continue the Pac-12 slate with a three-game series against Utah beginning Thursday, April 10 at 7 p.m. PT/MT at Farrington Stadium in Tempe. 

Players to Watch

The Sun Devils entered the season with four returning NFCA All-Americans on the roster, the most of any team in the country. Only Alabama (3) is within one of the Sun Devils mark and is the only team with more cumulative returning selections (6) than ASU, who has five with Dallas Escobedo being a two-time All-American. Returning All-Americans Escobedo, Cheyenne Coyle and Amber Freeman have all been named to the USA Softball Preseason Player of the Year Watch List for the upcoming season. 

And Then There Were 25

Dallas Escobedo and Amber Freeman have both been named as finalists for the 2014 ASA/USA Softball National Player of the Year. Both began the season on the Top 50 Players to Watch list along with (Cheyenne Coyle) and made the “midseason” cut as announced by the organization prior to the Utah series. The 25 finalists will be narrowed to 10 prior to the beginning of postseason play.  This is the first time ASU has had two players in the Top 25 since placing three on the list from the 2008 National Championship roster.  

The Road to OKC Goes Through Dallas

For the past three years, Dallas Escobedo has been among the premier pitchers in the nation.  The two-time All-American and three-time First-Team All-Pac-12 selection has helped to lead ASU to the WCWS in each of her past three seasons in Tempe, including a National Championship in 2011.  Escobedo is currently 16-5 with a 1.68 ERA and an incredible 228 strikeouts to just 29 walks - a 7.8:1 K:BB ratio. She has posted nine complete game shutouts - allowing just a single hit in six of those while saving her best performance for Longwood in a game of offensive struggles as she no-hit the Lancers for her third career solo no-hitter and fourth no-hitter overall. Escobedo currently ranks first nationally in strikeouts and third in shutouts.  Before anyone points to her five losses, it is worth noting opponents only managed 18 runs in those games (3.6 per game) but the Sun Devil offense only mustered 12 runs (2.4 per game) total.  On the flipside, the ASU offense has 109 runs in Escobedo’s victories (6.8 per game) and truly had the senior’s back in the Stanford series when Escobedo gave up 12 total earned runs - nearly twice her total entering the series - but still came away with two victories for the senior. 

100 Starts For Escobedo

Senior Dallas Escobedo now has 124 starts as a Sun Devil. In her career, Escobedo is second at ASU in wins (107), 11 shy of tying Katie Burkhart for first on the time all-time list. With 228 strikeouts this season, Escobedo‘s career number sits at 1,114 and she became just the second Sun Devil in history to eclipse the 1,000 K mark with with a strikeout against her very first batter of the Judi Garman Classic. She became just the 14th player in Pac-12 history to accomplish the 1,000 strikeout feat and is currently 50th in NCAA career history for total strikeouts and is well on pace to continue to climb that leaderboard as the season continues. One area of improvement for the senior is the fact that she has given up just 13 home runs this season after giving up a whopping 39 last season, giving up 1.1 per every seven innings pitched. That number has gone down drastically this season as she is giving up just .64 home runs per seven innings thus far in 2014.  Escobedo has been incredibly strong in not allowing two-out rallies, holding opponents to a miniscule .103 batting average with runners in scoring position and two outs. She has given up just four hits in that situation on 39 at-bats with a whopping 19 strikeouts.  

Return of the Mack

Lest we forget, Escobedo is just half of one of the most potent 1-2 pitching punches in the country. Fellow senior Mackenzie Popescue has shown she is just as much an ace in the last two seasons and is a pivotal part of ASU’s success.  Popescue has a 1.47 ERA this season with just 21 earned runs allowed and a team-leading 17 wins to her record (13th nationally) to just one loss, pitching complete games in 13 games this season, 12 of those being victories. Popescue has also been a capable fielder with 32 assists and six puts outs with zero errors thus far on the season. 

‘Ber, It’s Cold In Here

The reining Pac-12 Player of the Year, Amber Freeman, continues to consistently get it done at the plate. She leads the team with a .451 batting average this season that is second in the Pac-12.  Freeman leads the team with 51 hits and a .529 OBP this season as well while ranking second in RBI with 35. Freeman has hit safely in all but seven games on the season and has reached base in all but three games. Additionally, Freeman has not had a single error this season, recording 218 putouts for a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage. She also leads the team in most games with multiple hits, doing so in 14 games this year - tied with Elizabeth Caporuscio for the team lead. Freeman has been pivotal in keeping inning going and is lead the team with 20 hits when she’s at bat with two outs at the board on 45 attempts (.444) with 11 two-out RBI with four of her nine homers this year coming with two outs.  There’s plenty more situational love for the junior, who has also had 83 opportunities to advance runners from the three-hole and has successfully done so 46 times (.554).

Just Getting a Read On Things

On the season, Amber Freeman is batting .364 on 12-of-33 in the first innings of games from the three hole with four RBI, one homer run and a .515 slugging percentage.  Not bad numbers by any stretch when you look at just one inning of action. However, that’s before you see what she has done the second time through the order against pitchers. In the third and fourth innings this season, when Freeman typically takes her second at-bat of games, she is batting an incredible .605 on 23-of-38 hitting with 13 RBI, 5 homers and a whopping 1.026 slugging percentage.

‘Ru-sci-o, ‘Ru-sci-o, ‘RU-SCI-OOOOOO

Elizabeth Caporuscio is another Sun Devil that has been putting together and incredible year for ASU, now batting .364 on the year (second on the team) with a team-leading 14 doubles in the process - tied for the Pac-12 lead in the category. Her 43 hits are third on the squad while she has posted a solid .405 on-base percentage. She is currently leads the team with 15 two-out RBIs and has proven she is the hitter you want with the bases loaded, with five hits in nine opportunities (.556) with a grand slam this season. Caporuscio is also the only Sun Devil to record a triple this season. Since Pac-12 play has begun, Caporuscio is currently second on the team with 13 RBI while leading the league with five doubles in that span. She also leads the team with six hits on 15 chances (.400) with runners in scoring position in Pac-12 action.

Steele of a Deal

Haley Steele has been among ASU’s most reliable hitters and continues to bring runners home.  The junior is batting .357 on the year with eight home runs and has team lead for RBI with 38. Steele has been the Sun Devils’ most successful batter when it comes to advancing runners, doing so 50 times of 97 attempts (.515) - the most hits from any batter in that situation.  As if that weren’t enough, Steele also has posted the most hits with runners in scoring position in logging 20 hits in such situations.  She is second on the team in Pac-12 action with a .419 average.

Red Bull Gives You Wigness

Bailey Wigness continues to remain at the top of the Sun Devil batting average list this season, currently third with a .359 average.  It was her single to the pitcher in the bottom of the eighth inning against then-No. 16 Nebraska that brought home the game-winning walk-off run in 1-0 victory at the Judi Garman Classic. Wigness has advanced runners on 38 of 55 chances (.691) this season - easily leading the team in the category by 50 points over anyone who has had at least 40 oppurtunities to advance runners on the year. Since Pac-12 play began, Wigness has advanced runners 18-of-25 times (.720).

AlixIsOnFire

Alix Johnson has been among ASU’s most reliable base runners this season.  Johnson is batting .312 on the season but still finds herself with an on-base percentage of .493 that is good for second on the team behind Freeman. Her 40 runs scored are eight more than any other Sun Devil. She is third on the team with eight doubles this season and has already matched her 2013 total in the category.  Additionally, Johnson leads with 12 stolen bases on 13 attempts. and is fourth in the conference. Where Johnson has truly shined, however, is her ability to take bad pitches. Her 40 walks pace the team and are nine more than anyone else in the Pac-12 conference. She has successfully advanced runners on 36 of 62 opportunities (.581) this season. She has served as the leadoff batter in 43 innings this season, safely reaching base on 23 of those chances for a .535 average. 

Chey-City

On the season, Cheyenne Coyle is batting .324 with 30 RBI while also drawing 31 walks, which is good for second on the team and second in the Pac-12.  Coyle has a team leading 11 hits on 13 attempts (.846) when she has a runner on third and less than two outs. She was the hero of the final game of the Stanford series, launching a three-run shot to the scoreboard in the bottom of the seventh to cap a five-run comeback and score her first walk-off hit of the season in a 7-5 victory. On 53 leadoff opportunities this season, Coyle has safely reached base on 31 of them (.585).

B’s In the Trap 

Bethany Kemp had one of the top performances of the weekend at the Littlwood Classic. Kemp batted .417 with five hits on 12 at bats.  The more impressive feat, however, was the four of those hits went over the fence as the junior led the team with four home runs over the three days of competition.  The junior currently leads the team with 11 home runs this season and sits tied for fourth in the Pac-12 in the category. Kemp is second on the team with a .709 slugging percentage and has drawn 25 walks on the season, which is good for third on the roster. Kemp has already surpassed last year’s total with nine homers this season and - with 20 career home runs to date - is 19th on ASU’s all-time home run list. Kemp is currently third on the team in Pac-12 action with a .385 batting average. 

Chelsea Lately

While numerous Sun Devil newcomers have shined in  the spotlight this season, none have had as impressive an impact as Chelsea Gonzales.  The freshman is batting .358 on the season - fourth on the team - and has been exceptional at getting her bat on the ball.  Gonzales has struck out just six times - the least among Sun Devil starters - and has posted a .382 on-base percentage. While Gonzales’ batting average has gone down in Pac-12 play, her clutch hitting has gone up. She is tied for the team lead in two-out RBI with nine in Pac-12 action while going 4-for-5 in league play with the bases loaded. She has 14 RBI in Pac-12 games this season, a total that also leads the team.  

Dinger Derby

There have been plenty of longballs this season for the Sun Devils, who are currently second in the Pac-12 with 57 thus far this season.  ASU entered the Diamond Devil Invite with 15 home runs before knocking 14 out of the park of the course of the four day event. ASU is currently on pace to finish the season with around 86 home runs at its current clip if it played 62 games as it did last season. ASU has a home run in all but 12 games this season and is 27-2 in games where they hit a home run.

No Home Runs For You

While ASU has had no problem with the long ball this season offensively, they also haven’t had much of one on defense either.  ASU’s pitching staff has given up just 15 home runs to date - a mark that is second in the Pac-12.

More Time For Activities

The Sun Devil offense has ended games before the seventh inning 17 times this season, or in about 41.6 percent of all games played.  ASU has four run-rule victories in Pac-12 action thus far and has already surpassed last year’s season total of 15 while inching closer to the school record of 24, set in 2012. 

Grand Slama Jamma

The ASU offense has booted six grand slams this season, two more than last season and just two shy of the total from the last two years combined (8).

All Your Base Are Belong To Us

Head coach Craig Nicholson has been adamant that this team will be aggressive on the base pass and force the opposition to make plays.  If the start to the season is any indication, he’s a man of his word.  ASU has 38 stolen bases on 47 attempts in 2014. In 62 games last season, the Sun Devils were 39-for-45 on stolen-base attempts.  

Two Outs? No Problem

While the Sun Devils have been impressive from the batter’s box this season, the squad has done a fine job of getting it done with two outs on the board.  ASU is 113-of-341 (.331) - just below the team’s .344 overall average - with two outs. 98 of the team’s 268 RBI (36.6 percent) this season have come with two outs on the board.  

Don’t Miss Your Chance

ASU has been successful offensively this season largely because it has taken advantage of its chances when they are there.  With runners in scoring position, ASU’s batters are 138-of-399 (.346) while being exceptional at bringing runners home from third with less than two outs, going 65-of-102 in such situations (.637). Of course that means you have to get runners in a position to score to begin with, and ASU’s batters have done just that in going 386-of-705 (.548) when it comes to advancing runners.  And of course, someone has to get on base to make any of this a possibility, another feat ASU batters have been exceptional at.  ASU’s leadoff batters this season have reached base 114 of 241 times (.473) while the Sun Devils are 148-of-444 (.342) with the bases empty on the year.  To show the importance of these numbers, ASU is just 7-of-53 (.132) with runners in scoring position in the team’s five losses and 1-of-6 (.167) with a runner on third and less than two outs. Bringing runners home has also been an issue for ASU at times, as the team has stranded 281 runners this season compared to just 216 on the opponent’s side. 

Rally Cry

ASU’s two come-from-behind victories late in the game in the Stanford series were important for the fact that that was an area that ASU had struggled in this season. Prior to the Cardinal series, ASU was 0-5 when trailing after the fifth, sixth or top of the seven innings in games this season. ASU stifled that stigma twice against Stanford as they came back from a two-run deficit in the seventh to tie the game and win in extras in the first game of the series before a five-run walk-off rally in the seventh in the final game. The Sun Devils added another to the tally with a four-run fifth inning to come back from a 1-0 deficit against Arizona in the second game of the series. ASU also evened things up in extra innings after following behind by two in eighth in the final game of the series but eventually fell in that contest. 

Home Run Records

Six current Sun Devils rank among the top 20 on the all-time home run list at ASU. Amber Freeman is sixth with 39, Alix Johnson is tied for eighth with 35, Haley Steele is 11th with 33, Cheyenne Coyle is 14th with 28, Elizabeth Caporuscio is 17th with 23 and Bethany Kemp entered the ranks this season and is currently 19th with 20.  

Add It To The Trophy Case

Dallas Escobedo went 4-0 at the Judi Garman Classic and put up some gaudy number at pitcher in the process en rout to a sweep of every major national and conference Player of the Week award.  She was named the National Player of the Week by both the NFCA and USA Softball and the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week as well. Escobedo registered a 0.26 ERA and 38 strikeouts over 27 innings of work. Over the course of the four victories, Escobedo held her opposition to a paltry .060 batting average and a grand total of five hits. Included among her impressive efforts was her fourth career no-hitter, earned during a 13-strikeout blanking of Longwood, a one-hit shutout of then-No. 5 Michigan (nine K’s), 10 strikeouts while permitting just a single base knock in outlasting then-No. 16 Nebraska, 1-0 (8 inn.), and five innings of three-hit ball while allowing her only earned run for the week in a 9-1 (5 inn.) rout of Wisconsin. It was her first NFCA honor, third USA Softball award and the seventh Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week honor for the senior ace.  

Order a New Trophy Case

Dallas Escobedo continued her career haul of honors as she was selected as the No. 1 pick in the 2014 National Pro Fastpitch Draft by the Pennsylvania Rebellion, entering their first season of action on the circuit.  Just a day later, Escobedo was named as one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award, which is given annual and honors the attributes of senior student-athletes in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition.  She has also been named as one of 25 finalist for the ASA/USA Softball Nationa Player of the Year honor. 

Lights, Camera, Action

Days and times of softball’s TV games is on thesundevils.com. ASU will have 17 televised games on the Pac-12 Network in 2014. That schedule includes 10 home games that will be broadcast on the network.  If that’s not enough for fans, than they are in luck as all of ASU’s remaining home games will be live streamed online through the Pac-12 website at http://pac-12.com/videos/arizona-state-university

On The Airwaves

Not only will every single home Sun Devil contest be either live-streamed or broadcast live on television, but for the second consecutive year Blaze Sports Radio will provide the call for all of Arizona State’s home games this season.  Fans in the Tempe area can tune in at 1330 AM while they can also listen online at ustream.tv/channel/blaze-sports.

Note on WCWS

The Sun Devils have advanced the WCWS in seven of the last eight seasons, two more than any other program in the nation in that time frame. Alabama, Tennessee, Arizona and Florida have each been to five in the same span. In that eight-year span, ASU has one of the top winning percentages in the country with a 427-102 record since 2006. The .807 percentage is tied for third nationally with Michigan behind only Alabama (.837) and Florida (.810). 

Winning Percentage Since 2006 (Prior to 2014)

1. Alabama - .837 (432-84)

2. Florida - .810 (437-102)

3. Arizona State - .807 (427-102)

    Michigan - .807 (385-92)

5. Tennessee - .804 (421-102-1)

6. Oklahoma - .803 (384-93-1)

7. ULL - .775 (373-108)

8. Missouri - .748 (374-126)

9. UCLA - .747 (345-117)

10. Texas - .742 (347-120-2) 

Opening Day Success

Arizona State is now 38-7 on opening day dating back to 1971. The last time ASU lost its first game of the season was back in 1995. 

More on Arizona Victory

The Sun Devils improved to 8-2 this season against teams ranked in the NFCA Top-25 with with a 2-1 weekend series against then No. 8/9 Arizona. The most notable facet of ASU performance against the Wildcats was the fact that the UA entered the weekend as arguably the top offensive team in the nation. The Wildcats were No. 1 in both runs per game and slugging percentage nationally and led the way in just about every offensive category in the Pac-12. Even with the six-run effort in the final game of the series, ASU held the WIldcats to a grand total of eight runs in three games after the UA entered the game averaging just under eight runs per game. 

Where 2013 Left Off

The Sun Devils dropped two games in the 2013 WCWS en route to a 50-12 season overall.  The appearance in the WCWS was ASU’s seventh in the last eight seasons, two more than any other team in the nation in that time. The Sun Devils finished the year 16-8 in conference play and tied for second in the Pac-12 with Washington.  The team opened the season with a porgram best 21-0 record to start the season and finished the year with an incredible 40-3 record at home. Catcher Amber Freeman was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year while Freeman, Dallas Escobedo and Cheyenne Coyle were all named NFCA All-Americans.

Notable losses:
Sam Parlich | 2B, .348 avg, 10 HR, 41 RBI, .541 SLG%, .368 OBP%, 61 starts

Lucy Aubrecht | C/DP, .313 avg, 5 HR, 27 RBI, .542 SLG%, .417 OBP%

Notable returners:

Dallas Escobedo | RHP, 30-6, 2.32 ERA, 250.2 innings pitched in 2013. No. 1 in the circle in powerful 1-2 pitching lineup. USA Softball Player of the Year Preseason Watch List. 2x All-American. Opposing hitters have batted under .200 against her in her career. 

Amber Freeman | C, 62 starts, .361 batting average, 18 homers. Pac-12 Player of the Year. 61 RBI and 66 hits. 2013 All-American. Member of USA Softball Team following the 2013 season. USA Preseason Softball Top-50 PoY Watch List

Cheyenne Coyle | SS, 62 starts, .358 batting average, 20 home runs, 66 RBIs. Tied single season ASU home run mark. 2013 All-American. USA Preseason Softball Top-50 PoY Watch List

Alix Johnson | OF, .324 batting average, 57 hits, 8 doubles, 11 homers, 35 RBI. 2012 All-American and multiple time All-Conference Selection

Bailey Wigness | OF, 60 starts, .376 batting average last season led the team. .440 OBP%

Mackenzie Popescue | RHP, 19-6 record, 1.94 ERA. All-Pac-12 Selection.  Gave up just seven home runs on the season. 

Haley Steele | 3B, 62 games started, .330 batting average, 12 homers and 47 RBIs. .600 SLG%, .410 OBP%. All-Pac-12 Selection 

Bethany Kemp | 1B, 43 games started, .331 average, 9 homers, 27 RBI. .596 SLG%, .401 OBP%. All-Pac-12 Selection

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