Softball Pitcher Amanda Freed Named National Player of the Week

April 26, 2000

LOS ANGELES - For the second time in three weeks, UCLA sophomore pitcher/outfielder Amanda Freed (Cypress, CA/Pacifica HS) has been named the Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association National Player of the Week, it was announced on Wednesday morning by the NFCA. Earlier this week, Freed was named the Pac-10 Co-Pitcher of the Week with Stanford's Dana Sorensen.

In UCLA's split of its two-game Pac-10 series at No. 1 ranked Washington over the weekend, Freed pitched 12 of a possible 13 innings and led the team with a .429 batting average. The Bruins dropped a 3-1 decision to the Huskies on Friday, but came back with a 1-0 win the next day.

In the circle, Freed gave up six hits and three runs while striking out eleven and holding the Huskies to a .150 team batting average. She ended Saturday's game in dramatic fashion with a bases-loaded, two-out strikeout.

At the plate, Freed led off both games with hits, compiling three total hits in seven at bats. She was also perfect defensively on six chances.

Freed was also named the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Player of the Week on April 12 after pitching 20 of a possible 21 innings in UCLA's sweep of the Oregon schools. She joins Courtney Blades of Southern Mississippi as the only players to win the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Player of the Week award twice during the 2000 season.

UCLA is currently 33-7-1, 8-3 Pac-10, and returns to action on Friday, when the Bruins play host to No. 11 Stanford. First pitch against the Cardinal is scheduled for 2 p.m. No. 9 California then visits Easton Stadium for Saturday and Sunday Pac-10 games, with first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.

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