Softball returns to host California April 26-28, Gold Game on Friday
Saturday's game at 12 p.m. PT
Sun Devils play Friday through Sunday
Sunday 12 p.m. PT series finale
Saturday 7 p.m. PT on ESPN2; Sunday 12 p.m. PT series finale
ASU softball vs. San Jose State, May 17, 2013. NCAA Tempe Regional
Softball Senior Night vs. Oregon May 11, 2013
No. 5 Softball vs. No. 10 California Softball, April 26, 2013
No. 2 Softball vs. No. 14 Washington, 4/13/13
Amber Freeman 2013 Top 25 Finalist USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year
The Pac-12 Softball Player of the Year, First Team All-Conference Honoree(May 15) and NFCA All-Region First Teamer, was part of a duo that paced the Sun Devils offensively all season. Began writing a blog for ESPNW on April 26. Hit a career high five RBI against No. 15 Michigan on Feb. 15 at the Judi Garman Classic. With eight home runs prior to the start of the Pac-12 schedule, Freeman is moving up in the career records for long balls. Is in the Top 20 all-time at ASU in RBI and homers. Her single-season stats rank her in the Top 20 for home runs and RBI. Catching primarily for Dallas Escobedo, alternates as a designated player. Started season off being named to USA Softball's Top 50 Player of the Year Watch List and advanced to Top 25 Finalists round on April 10. At the end of the regular season, was eighth in Pac-12 in batting average, fourth in RBI and nationally ranked 43rd in home runs per game (.29) and 47th in slugging percentage (.745). Ranks 10th in single-season records with 16 homers, 12th in RBI (58), 21st in hits (62) and 25th in doubles (10). In career records, the sophomore paces all current athletes in long balls with 29 homers (10th), has 99 RBI (18th) and 19 doubles (22nd).
Played in 59 games with 57 starts of the 64 total contests as the primary catcher. Finished the season with a .346 batting average, 53 hits, 24 runs, nine doubles, 12 homers and 41 RBI. For postseason play, Freeman had a team-best .370 batting average (10-for-27), along with three runs scored, two doubles, two home runs and six RBI. In single-season records she taps in at 18th in homers (12). Hit her first career grand slam against No. 13 Stanford on April 20. Named Pac-12 All-Conference Honorable Mention and Pac-12 All-Freshman Team (May 16). Named to Women's College World Series All-Tournament Team after leading the tournament field with a .500 batting average(June 6).
A product of Mater Dei High School, Freeman paced the Monarchs offensively in her senior season with 12 home runs, 60 RBI and a .540 batting average. The two-time team captain was named the 2010 Trinity League Most Valuable Player, is a two-time All-Trinity League honoree, earned All-State First Team by maxpreps.com, twice named to the All-Orange County Team, the 2011 Orange Country Dream Team and was honored as a Gatorade All-American First Team member in 2010. Freeman is also a member of the 2010-11 USA Softball Junior Women's National Team alongside current ASU pitcher Dallas Escobedo.
She is the daughter of Michael and Luanne Freeman and has one sister, Nicole. The health sciences major is a four-year letterwinner at MDHS. Her full name is Amber Breana Freeman. She has one sister, Nicole. An interesting note about Freeman is that she has a three-inch titanium screw in her left hip. Her hobbies include reading, working out and shopping.
NFCA All-Region First Team | May 16
Pac-12 Conference Player of the Year | May 15
Pac-12 First Team All Conference | May 15
USA Softball Top 25 Finalist for Player of the Year | Release
USA Softball Top 50 Player of the Year Watch List | Release
ESPNW Blogs | April 26 | May 9 | May 13 | May
Amber Freeman's Career Stats