Tuesday, April 24, 2012

SDSU's Miles named National Player of the Week

San Diego State's Hayley Miles was named the NFCA's National Player of the Week for her efforts a week ago when the Aztecs swept New Mexico.

Miles went 8-for-11 last week with 10 runs, eight RBI, seven walks and five home runs. For the week, the sophomore had a .727 batting average, .842 on-base percentage and a 2.091 slugging percentage.

She hit multiple home runs in two of the three games against the Lobos and reaching base at least twice in each contest. In her first two games of the week, Miles went 6-for-6 with three doubles, three home runs and three walks.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Aztecs have 2-game lead in MW standings

San Diego State has surged to a 2-game lead in the Mountain West standings after a second consecutive weekend sweep.

The Aztecs swept reeling New Mexico on the road in Albuquerque to move to 6-0 in the conference.  That's good enough for a 2-game lead over second-place Boise State (4-2), which lost two of three to Colorado State over the weekend.

It looks like San Diego State's monster of a non-conference schedule, filled with national powers and tough teams, left Coach Kathy Van Wyk's squad well prepared for the Mountain West season.  The Aztecs suffered non-conference losses to the likes of UCLA, Oregon, Tennessee, Stanford, Texas, Oklahoma, California, Fresno State, Arizona and others, but facing those tough teams may have been a blessing in disguise.

With BYU dispatched off to the tougher Western Athletic Conference this season, the Aztecs now have a clearer path to the Mountain West title, and no longer have to face the 3-time defending MW champion Cougars.

Colorado State, New Mexico and UNLV are a combined 2-10 in conference play and face steep odds of getting back in the race for the MW automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament that goes to the league's regular-season champion.  With only five teams in the MW this season, San Diego State is already half-way through its 12-game conference schedule, meaning a 2-game margin is huge at this point.

Boise State visits the Aztecs May 4-5, likely needing a sweep to prevent San Diego State from claiming the Mountain West championship.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

San Diego St. pounds reeling New Mexico again

San Diego State improved to 5-0 in the Mountain West (24-19 overall) with a 12-6 win in Albuquerque Saturday over reeling New Mexico.

The Aztecs saw their lead in the MW standings grow to two full games over Boise State, which suffered its second loss in a row to Colorado State by a 5-3 score Saturday.  The Rams are now 2-3 in the conference, while the Broncos are 3-2.  San Diego State topped New Mexico 8-3 in game one of their series on Friday.

Both the CSU-BSU series, as well as the SDSU-UNM series, will conclude Sunday with a game three in both.

San Diego State sent New Mexico to its ninth loss in the last 11 games.  Both Division I softball teams in the state of New Mexico are on extended losing streaks.  UNM has two wins in its last 11 contests, while New Mexico State is now 2-15 in its last 17.  Ironically, New Mexico State has two wins this season over the Lobos, including a 9-1, run-rule affair in Albuquerque earlier this month.

Colorado State moved a game over .500 at 22-21 overall.  It is just the second time the Rams have inched a game over .500 this season.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Aztecs' Micetich one-hits USD; Lobos get swept

In non-conference games Wednesday, San Diego State came out a winner when Bailey Micetich tossed a complete-game, 1-hitter to beat local rival USD.

Also Wednesday, New Mexico continued to have trouble against strong competition.  The Lobos were swept in a doubleheader against No. 13/12 Arizona, falling to the Wildcats 8-1 in the opener and 5-0 in the nightcap.

San Diego State won its fourth straight game in the win over the Toreros. In games versus teams with winning records, New Mexico has now dropped 11 in a row.  After starting the season 17-2, UNM is now 7-11 in its past 18 games.

San Diego State, tied atop the MW with Boise State at 3-0, travels to Albuquerque for a 3-game series beginning tomorrow.  New Mexico has yet to play a conference game this season.  Despite a 24-13 overall record, UNM has not defeated a team with a winning record since February 23.

Monday, April 16, 2012

San Diego St., Boise St. sweep opening series

San Diego State and Boise State have moved out to the early lead in the Mountain West standings after both scored 3-game sweeps on the opening weekend of conference play.

The Aztecs took three from Colorado State, while the Broncos swept three from UNLV.

New Mexico was the lone MW team not to play a conference game.  The Lobos suffered a 9-1 (five innings) loss at home to rival New Mexico State of the Western Athletic Conference.  In the process, the Aggies swept the two-game, home-and-away, season series from the Lobos.