Pac-12 announces softball all-conference honors
By the Pac-12 Conference
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - In a vote of the Conference's head coaches, ARIZONA STATE senior catcher Amber Freeman has been named the 2013 Pac-12 Player of the Year. OREGON senior Jessica Moore was voted the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year. WASHINGTON senior catcher Shawna Wright was tallied the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, Kayla Bonstrom earned Freshman of the Year honors and OREGON head coach Mike White has garnered Coach of the Year honors, as Commissioner Larry Scott announced the softball all-conference selections Wednesday. OREGON junior designated player Alexa Peterson was crowned the Pac-12 Batting Champion with a conference-leading .471 batting average.
Pac-12 Player of the Year -- Amber Freeman, Arizona State
The Lakewood, Calif., native ranks in the top 10 in the Pac-12 in four different offensive categories including slugging percentage (.745, fourth), RBI (57, fourth), hits (62, eighth) and home runs (16, tied fourth). The sophomore catcher primarily catches for teammate Dallas Escobedo one of the Pac-12's top pitchers. Freeman is in the top 25 all-time at ASU in RBI (98) and homers (74). She hit a career high five RBI this season on Feb. 15 against then-No. 15 Michigan. She was a Top 25 Finalist for USA Softball's Player of the Year.
Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year -- Jessica Moore, Oregon
Moore earned the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year honor for the first time in Oregon history. She is also a finalist for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year. Moore has a .159 ERA ranking second in the Pac-12. She has pitched 171.2 innings striking out 163 batters and has totaled 25 wins on the season. She has held her opponents to a .211 batting average. The Sutter, Calif., native was named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week twice this season.
Pac-12 Freshman of the Year -- Kayla Bonstrom, Stanford
The third Cardinal in Conference history and first since 2009 to earn Freshman of the Year, Bonstrom is averaging .414 at the plate leading Stanford and has appeared in 55 games this season. She tallies 65 hits including 11 doubles and eight home runs. She boasts a team high .650 slugging percentage. Her RBI of 51 is also a team leading number and she tallied an on base percentage of .497 to lead the Cardinal. On the defensive side of the ball Bonstrom boasts a .982 fielding percentage and has contributed in eight double plays. She ranks second on the team in putouts with 210.
Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year -- Shawna Wright, Washington
Wright is the second Washington player to ever earn Defensive Player of the Year. The junior catcher boasts a .994 fielding percentage. She ranks second on the team and fourth in the Conference in putouts with 318. Wright has appeared in 53 games this season and has tallied a .278 batting average. She hit the game winning solo walk off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning against California on May 10.
Pac-12 Coach of the Year -- Mike White, Oregon
White has earned the first Coach of the Year honor in the history of Oregon softball. White led the Ducks to the first ever Pac-12 Championship after tallying a 19-5 Conference record and a 46-9 overall record. The fourth year head coach has led Oregon to a No. 3 national ranking and a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament. White has tallied a 169-64 career record and looks to lead the Ducks to their second consecutive Women's College World Series this season.
Pac-12 Batting Champion -- Janie Takeda, Oregon
The sophomore outfielder from Placentia, Calif., has been named the Pac-12 Batting Champion after hitting .442 during the regular season, an average that ranks 13th nationally. She ranks seventh in the Conference in on-base percentage boasting a .466 percentage. The sophomore tallied 92 runs in her 208 at-bats, with a total of 54 runs scored. She also recorded 12 doubles, one triple and five home runs alongside 44 runs batted in. Takeda led the Ducks in batting average and was the only player to start all 61 games for Oregon.
2013 PAC-12 ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS
|B.B. Bates (2)||OF||Sr.||UCLA|
|Cheyenne Coyle||SS||Jr.||Arizona State|
|Dallas Escobedo (3)||P||Jr.||Arizona State|
|Amber Freeman||C||So.||Arizona State|
|Jolene Henderson (3)||P||Sr.||California|
|Kaitlin Inglesby (2)||P/DP||Jr.||Washington|
|Stephany LaRosa (2)||INF||So.||UCLA|
|Jessica Moore (3)||P||Sr.||Oregon|
|Jenna Rich (2)||INF||Sr.||Stanford|
(2) Two-time All-Conference selection
(3) Three-time All-Conference selection
|Lea Cavestany||OF||Sr.||Oregon State|
|Natalie Hampton||1B||Fr.||Oregon State|
|Mackenzie Popescue||P||Jr.||Arizona State|
Jenna Becerra, STAN; Desiree Beltran, OSU; Allexis Bennett, UCLA; Koral Costa, ORE; Kailee Cuico, ORE; Brigette Del Ponte, ARIZ; Marina Demore, OSU; Chalese Fankhauser, UTAH; Kiara "Ya" Garcia, OSU; Teagan Gerhart, STAN; Dani Gilmore, OSU; Jessica Hall, UCLA; Sarah Hassman, STAN; Danielle Henderson, CAL; Kelsi Hoopiiaina, UTAH; Alix Johnson, ASU; Victoria Jones, CAL; Bethany Kemp, ASU; Janelle Lindvall, ORE; Kayce Nieto, UTAH; Samantha Parlich, ASU; Mandie Perez, ARIZ; Jessica Plaza, STAN; Kelsey Rodriguez, ARIZ; Cassandra Roulund, STAN; Elizabeth Santana, OSU; Mysha Sataraka, UCLA; Kimberlee Souza, WASH; Haley Steele, ASU; Kelli Suguro, WASH; Bailey Wigness, ASU; Leah White, STAN; Shawna Wright, WASH; Lauren Young, ARIZ.
2013 PAC-12 ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
|Nikki Girard||UTL||Arizona State|
|Natalie Hampton||1B||Oregon State|
Vanessa Alvarez, CAL; Nancy Bowling, ARIZ; Paige McDuffee, UCLA; Jennie McNeil, WASH; Danica Mercado, ORE; Brittany Moeai, UCLA; Shelby Pacheco, UTAH; Kaitlin Schaberg, STAN; Kristen Stewart, UTAH.