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 -- Alexa Peterson, 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 fourth nationally. She ranks first in the Conference in on-base percentage boasting a .574 percentage. The junior tallied 59 runs in her 139 at-bats, with a total of 31 runs scored. She also recorded 12 doubles, one triple and 12 home runs alongside 39 runs batted in. 

2013 PAC-12 ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS
First Team

 

Name Position Year School
B.B. Bates (2) OF Sr. UCLA
Kayla Bonstrom UTL Fr. Stanford
Ally Carda P/UTL So. UCLA
Courtney Ceo SS Jr. Oregon
Cheyenne Coyle SS Jr. Arizona State
Dallas Escobedo (3) P Jr. Arizona State
Hooch Fagaly 1B Jr. Washington
Amber Freeman C So. Arizona State
Chelsea Goodacre C So. Arizona
Cheridan Hawkins P Fr. Oregon
Victoria Hayward OF Jr. Washington
Kaylan Howard 2B Sr. Oregon
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
Alexa Peterson DP Jr. Oregon
Jenna Rich (2) INF Sr. Stanford
Janie Takeda OF So. Oregon
Hallie WIlson OF So. Arizona

(2) Two-time All-Conference selection

(3) Three-time All-Conference selection

Second Team

Name Position Year School
Lea Cavestany OF Sr. Oregon State
Cheyenne Cordes SS So. California
Kate Dickman LF So. Utah
Natalie Hampton 1B Fr. Oregon State
Kylee Lahners OF So. Washington
Samantha Pappas OF Sr. Oregon
Mackenzie Popescue P Jr. Arizona State
Jackie Sweet 2B Sr. Utah
Hanna Winter INF So. Stanford
Lindsey ZIegenhirt C Sr. California

Honorable Mention

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
First Team

Name Position School
Allexis Bennett OF UCLA
Kayla Bonstrom UTL Stanford
Koral Costa 3B Oregon
Nikki Girard UTL Arizona State
Natalie Hampton 1B Oregon State
Cheridan Hawkins P Oregon
Janelle Lindvall C Oregon
Kayce Nieto P Utah
Jessica Plaza C Stanford
Mandie Perez OF/DP Arizona
Mysha Sataraka INF UCLA
Kelsey Stevens P Stanford
Khala Taylor LF California
Lauren Young 3B Arizona

Honorable Mention

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.

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