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ASU Softball Hosts Southern Miss for Late Non-Conference Series
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Release: 04/24/2014
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TEMPE -- The No. 5/4 Arizona State University softball team returns home this week for a three-game non-conference series against Southern Miss beginning on Friday, April 24 at 7 p.m. PT.  The series will officially wrap up the Sun Devils’ 2014 non-conference slate with Saturday’s game also taking place at 7 p.m. while Sunday’s first pitch will go out at 12 p.m.  While none of the games will be broadcast nationally, a live stream will be available of each of the three games at 

#10THINGS (Twitter-Friendly Notes)

Haley Steele leads the Sun Devils with a .443 batting average in @Pac12 play and has hit safely in all but three league games. 

@ASUSoftball’s has won 5 of the last 6 when trailing after the 5th, 6th or top of 7th innings. Was 0-5 prior to current streak.

Just a junior, @A_Freeman9 is now fifth on @ASUSoftball’s all-time home run list with 40 in her career and 10 this season. 

@A_Freeman9 has reached safely in all but three games this season, hitting safely in all but seven of 44 games played.

@ASUSoftball has been ranked in 135-straight @NFCAOrg polls and has been in the top ten of 124 of those.

@CGonzales112 is currently 4-of-5 with bases loaded in @Pac12 play and leads the team in league-play RBI with 17 this season.

@ASUSoftball has six grand slams already this season, two more than last season and just two shy of the last two seasons combined.

Alix Johnson (@MissJohnson_33) has 43 walks thus far this season, which is seven more than any player in the @Pac12.

@CGonzales112 was named as one of 25 finalist for the @NFCAorg National Freshman of the Year Trophy, as announced last week. 

Haley Steele currently leads the @Pac12 with 22 hits in league play while leading the team overall with 41 RBIs this season

Scouting the Opposition

The series will mark the first games between the Sun Devils and the Golden Eagles in both program’s histories.  That being said, there is some history between the two teams  Southern Miss co-head coach Kirsten Voak was one of the all-time great pitchers at Arizona State and a two-time All-American in 1999 and 2000. She is currently sixth in ASU history with 76 career wins and third all-time with 893 strikeouts while pitching four career no hitters.

Voak’s husband, Jon Malgradi is the other co-head coach at Southern Miss and graduated from Arizona State in 2005 and has served as a clinician at ASU softball camps in the past. Additionally, the Golden Eagle’s assistant coach Grady Moorhead is also an ASU alumni and coached at Mesa Community College before his current spot at Southern Miss.

The Golden Eagles are 22-25 on the season and 10-11 in Conference USA action. Sarah Evans leads the hitters with a .381 batting average on the year and a team-leading 26 RBI. Mackenzie Sher has provided the pop in the order with eight home runs on the season.

Southern Miss utilizes two primary pitchers in their rotation, led by Shelbee Rodgers and her 15-10 record on the seasons with a team-leading 24 starts and 19 complete games.  Rodgers has 161 strikeouts on the season, far different that her counterpart Samantha Robles and her 53 Ks this season. Rodgers has posted a 3.67 ERA while Robles has a 4.14 ERA with a 6-11 record.

A K of a Different Sort

Those familiar with ASU softball are familiar with the K’s that Dallas Escobedo is so accustomed to but ASU reached abother K milestone this year.  ASU head coach Craig Nicholson picked up his 1,000 career victory with a 5-1 win over Utah in the opening game of the series.  He now has 1,003 wins 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 39 wins under his belt this season, Nicholson finds himself with a career 1003-259 record (.795).

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 1003-259 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

Each game this weekend will be be provided via a live stream free to all at the Fans can also tune in to 1330 AM - The Blaze in the Tempe area or listen to their live stream online at 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

In The Rankings

Despite a split in the two games against Washington, the Sun Devils moved up one spot in both the NFCA/USA Today Coaches Poll to No. 5 and the ESPN/USA Softball rankings to No. 4. It is the first the Sun Devils have been ranked in the Top Five in both rankings since before the Oregon State series to open Pac-12 action.

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 135 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 124 of the 135 polls that have taken place since the team entered the rankings in 2006. 

A Look Back - Washington

The No. 6/5 Sun Devil softball game split two games against No. 11/11 Washington in Seattle this past weekend. The third game of the series was cancelled due to rain.  The Sun Devils broke up UW’s Kaitlyn’s Inglesby’s bid for a perfect game in the seventh inning with an Alix Johnson walk ended the perfect game and then back-to-back jacks by Amber Freeman and Haley Steele giving ASU a 3-1 victory.  The Sun Devils gave up a one-run lead in the bottom of the seventh in the second game, and fell to UW 3-2 on a Hooch Fagaly walk-off in the bottom of the 10th inning. ASU is now 39-7 on the season and 13-4 in Pac-12 play.  

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 19-6 with a 1.72 ERA and an incredible 257 strikeouts to just 34 walks - for a whopping 7.6:1 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 second nationally in strikeouts and eighth in shutouts.  Before anyone gets excited about her six losses, it is worth noting opponents only managed 21 runs in those games (3.5 per game) but the Sun Devil offense only mustered 14 runs (2.3 per game) total.  On the flipside, the ASU offense has 124 runs in Escobedo’s victories (6.5 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 in the series sweep. 

100 Starts For Escobedo

Senior Dallas Escobedo now has 127 starts as a Sun Devil. In her career, Escobedo is second at ASU in wins (110), 8 shy of tying Katie Burkhart for first on the time all-time list. With 257 strikeouts this season, Escobedo‘s career number sits at 1,143 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 44th in NCAA career history for total strikeouts and is well on pace to continue to climb that leaderboard as the season continues. Escobedo has been incredibly strong in not allowing two-out rallies, holding opponents to a lowly .120 batting average with runners in scoring position and two outs. She has given up just six hits in that situation on 57 at-bats with a whopping 23 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 1.50 ERA this season with just 24 earned runs allowed and 18 wins to her record (30th nationally) to just one loss, pitching complete games in 14 games this season, 13 of those being victories. Popescue has also been a capable fielder with 34 assists and six puts outs with zero errors thus far on the season. Popescue thrives under pressure as opponents are batting .263 against her with the bases empty (.300 on leadoff batters) but that average comes way down to just .204 when she has a runner on base.  

‘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 .438 batting average this season that is third in the Pac-12.  Freeman leads the team with 57 hits and a .513 OBP this season as well, while ranking second in RBI with 39. Freeman has hit safely in all but seven games on the season (including 17 of the last 18) and has reached base in all but three games. Additionally, Freeman has not had a single error this year recording 243 putouts and three assists for a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage. She is second on the team in most games with multiple hits, doing so in 15 games this year while tied for the team lead in games with three or more hits with five. Freeman has been pivotal in keeping the inning going and is leading the team with 20 hits when she’s at bat with two outs at the board on 50 attempts (.400) with 11 two-out RBI and four of her 10 homers this year coming with two outs.  There’s plenty more situational love for the junior, who has also had 93 opportunities to advance runners from the three-hole and has successfully done so 52 times (.559). 

Just Getting a Read On Things

On the season, Amber Freeman is batting .378 on 14-of-37 hitting in the first innings of games from the three hole with five RBI, one home run and a .571 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 .545 on 24-of-44 hitting with 13 RBI, 5 homers and a whopping .909 slugging percentage.

Steele of a Deal

Haley Steele has made no reservations about wanting to be an All-American this season and she is putting up the numbers to back it up.  The junior is batting .374 (second on the team) on the year with nine home runs and has the team lead for RBI with 42. Steele has been the Sun Devils’ most successful batter when it comes to advancing runners, doing so 55 times of 104 attempts (.529) - the most hits of 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 23 hits in such situations.  Steele has taken it to a new level in Pac-12 play as she leads the team ahead of Freeman with a .443 batting average - good for third in the Pac-12 in league games - with four home runs and team-leading five doubles. Steele became the only player this season to reach four hits in a game, doing so in a 10-inning, 3-2 loss to Washington.  She is tied for the team lead with Freeman for most games with three or more hits at five. Steele has a hit in all but three Pac-12 games this season and a hit in eight of the last nine games, logging multiple hits in four of those games. 

‘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 and currently batting .360 (fourth on the team) with a team-leading 14 doubles in the process - tied for second in the Pac-12 in the category. Her 49 hits are third on the squad while she has posted a solid .396 on-base percentage. She currently leads the team with 16 two-out RBIs and has proven she is the hitter you want with the bases loaded, with five hits in 10 opportunities (.500) 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,  She leads the team with nine hits on 22 chances (.409) with runners in scoring position in Pac-12 action.

Red Bull Gives You Wigness

Bailey Wigness continues to remain at the top of the Sun Devil batting average list this season, currently fifth with a .333 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 42 of 63 chances (.667) this season - easily leading the team in the category by nearly 100 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 22-of-33 times (.667).


Alix Johnson has been among ASU’s most reliable base runners this season.  Johnson is batting .310 on the season but still finds herself with an on-base percentage of .583 that is good for second on the team behind Freeman. Her 45 runs scored are 11 more than any other Sun Devil. She is tied for third on the team with nine doubles this season and has already surpassed her 2013 total in the category.  Additionally, Johnson leads with 12 stolen bases on 14 attempts. and is sixth in the conference. Where Johnson has truly shined, however, is her ability to take bad pitches. Her 43 walks pace the team and are seven more than anyone else in the Pac-12 conference. She has successfully advanced runners on 40 of 70 opportunities (.571) this season. She has served as the leadoff batter in 51 innings this season, safely reaching base on 28 of those chances for a .549 average. 


On the season, Cheyenne Coyle is batting .306 with 34 RBI while also drawing 33 walks, which is good for second on the team and fourth in the Pac-12.  Coyle has a team leading 12 hits on 14 attempts (.857) 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 57 leadoff opportunities this season, Coyle has safely reached base on 32 of them (.561). 

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 .673 slugging percentage and has drawn 28 walks on the season, which is good for third on the roster. Kemp has already surpassed last year’s total (9) with 11 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 .347 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 .371 on the season - third on the team - and has been exceptional at getting her bat on the ball.  Gonzales has struck out just seven times - the least among Sun Devil starters - and has posted a .398 on-base percentage. She leads the team lead in two-out RBI with 11 in Pac-12 action while going 4-for-5 in league play with the bases loaded. She has 17 RBI in Pac-12 games this season, a total that also leads the team and is seventh in the Pac-12. Gonzales’ performance this seasons has earned her a spot as one of 25 semifinalists for the National Freshman of the Year trophy to be presented by the NFCA at the end of the season.  

Dinger Derby

There have been plenty of longballs this season for the Sun Devils, who are currently second in the Pac-12 and eighth nationally with 60 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 80 home runs at its current clip if it played 62 games as it did last season - a total that would be good for the sixth highest total in program history. ASU has a home run in all but 15 games this season and is 29-2 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 19 home runs to date - a mark that is tied for first 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 37 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 total run rules 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

ASU has 40 stolen bases on 50 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 123-of-381 (.323) - just below the team’s .341 overall average - with two outs. 103 of the team’s 289 RBI (35.6 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 155-of-449 (.345) while being exceptional at bringing runners home from third with less than two outs, going 71-of-114 in such situations (.623). 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 429-of-788 (.544) 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 130 of 276 times (.471) while the Sun Devils are 167-of-512 (.326) with the bases empty on the year.  To show the importance of these numbers, ASU is just 12-of-85 (.132) with runners in scoring position in the team’s seven losses and 3-of-14 (.214) 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 315 runners this season - including seven games that have reached double digits - compared to just 246 on the opponent’s side.

Rally Cry

ASU is now 5-6 this season when trailing following the fifth, sixth or top of the seventh innings in games this season.  That’s notable as prior to the Stanford series, ASU was 0-5 in such games. 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. The Sun Devils were also able to overcome a late Utah home run that gave the Utes a 4-2 lead in the sixth inning and ruined UW’s Kaitlyn Inglesby’s perfect game/no-hit bid in the seventh inning after trailing 1-0 in that game.

Home Run Records

Six current Sun Devils rank among the top 20 on the all-time home run list at ASU. Amber Freeman is fifth with 40, Alix Johnson is tied for eighth with 35, Haley Steele is tied for ninth with 34, Cheyenne Coyle is 13th with 29, 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 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

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

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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