UW's Davis, ASU's Freeman named baseball & softball Scholar-Athletes of the Year

Washington Athletics/Sun Devil Athletics

SAN FRANCISCO - The Pac-12 Conference has named Tyler Davis of WASHINGTON as the 2015 Pac-12 Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Amber Freeman of ARIZONA STATE as the 2015 Pac-12 Softball Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The award has been established to honor collegiate student-athletes that are standouts both academically and in their sports discipline. 

Davis ranks in the top 10 in multiple pitching categories in the league, including third in innings pitched (112.2), batters struck out (93) and batters struck out looking (33). The senior posted a 3.20 earned run average and a record of 8-6 in his 15 starts for the Huskies. A native of Mountain View, Calif., the right-hander was named to the 2015 Golden Spikes Award Midseason Watch List after being a semifinalist for the honor in 2014. He also picked up Louisville Slugger Second Team All-America and NCBWA Third Team All-America honors as a junior. In his four years with the Huskies, he has a cumulative 3.16 ERA with 358.2 innings pitched and a record of 23-19, becoming just the second player in UW history with 300 or more career innings. Academically, he holds a 3.14 GPA while pursuing a degree in economics, and was named to the dean's list for fall and spring of 2014 and winter of 2015. Davis also earned the Academic Achievement Award for fall of 2014 among all UW students. 

Freeman, a two-time All-American and the 2013 Pac-12 Player of the Year, rounds out her senior campaign with NFCA First Team All-America and CoSIDA Academic All-America accolades. She is just the third player in program history to earn first-team honors on both lists. The senior finished her time at ASU with a .389 career batting average, good for third in ASU's all-time record book. She was also fourth in home runs (56), fourth in hits (267), fifth in runs batted in (197) and tied for fifth in doubles (46). In her senior year, Freeman led the team with a .436 batting average, fourth in the Pac-12, and 79 hits, third in the Pac-12. Academically, Freeman is a two-time Pac-12 All-Academic selection and was a second team CoSIDA Academic All-American last season. Freeman was also a candidate for the 2015 Senior CLASS award, which recognizes Division I seniors that have notable achievements in community, classroom, character and competition. 

A Scholar-Athlete of the Year will be named in each of the Pac-12’s 22 sponsored sports: baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, football, men’s golf, women’s golf, women’s gymnastics, men’s rowing, women’s rowing, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, softball, men’s swimming & diving, women’s swimming & diving, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, men’s track & field, women’s track & field, women’s volleyball, and wrestling.

The Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year Awards were established during the 2007-08 academic year.

Other nominees for baseball included Riley Moore of ARIZONA, Grant Watson of UCLA, Angelo LaBruna of USC and Sam Triece of WASHINGTON STATE. Other nominees for softball included Kellie Fox of Arizona, Mary Lee of CALIFORNIA, Janie Takeda of OREGON, CJ Chirichigno of OREGON STATE, Tylyn Wells of STANFORD, Ally Carda of UCLA, Kate Dickman of UTAH, and Kelli Suguro of Washington. 

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