This is what we have worked for

Courtesy of ASUSoftball

Amber Freeman and her teammates won't mind another plane trip that ends in Oklahoma City for the start of the WCWS on Thursday.

We have made it back to Oklahoma City for the third consecutive time! Words cannot describe how excited I am to be going back to the Women's College World Series!

I feel so blessed to be able to come back for the second year in a row. I keep telling the freshmen how truly unbelievable it is to get back to the big stage and play in front of thousands of people. It is a little overwhelming at first but totally worth it. I remember the feeling I had before our first game in OKC last year against Oregon. It was a mix of excitement, butterflies and feeling sick to my stomach. This year, I come back with experience feeling a lot more relaxed because I know what to expect.

Being able to come back to Oklahoma is a special time for me because I have family here that I don't always get to see. My dad was born in a small town called Enid, Okla., right outside of Oklahoma City. I love that they will get another chance to see me play and experience of the World Series as well. I also am excited to be reunited with a lot of old teammates and friends on the other teams. These are memories that will always be cherished.

Another reason I love this time of the year is you get to play the best of the best. You get to see how you match up against great players and teams. To be the best, you have to beat the best and I feel like we are ready to take on that challenge.

I have the utmost confidence in my team and our ability to perform when necessary. This is what we have worked for all season long. Many of the girls on the team have experienced winning a national championship, but I have not yet had that opportunity. It would be awesome for our seniors to be able to leave with another ring.

I am so excited to get back on the field! I would not want to go to war with any other group of girls. Our motto this year is "Two more days," and that is what we plan to do. Tune in Thursday at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2 as we take on the Texas Longhorns. Go Sun Devils!