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Five Softball Players Earn CSM MW Preseason Honors

Danielle O'Toole was named the College Sports Madness MW Preseason Pitcher of the Year.
Danielle O'Toole was named the College Sports Madness MW Preseason Pitcher of the Year.

Feb. 2, 2014

SAN DIEGO -

COLLEGE SPORTS MADNESS PRESEASON ALL-MW TEAM

Five San Diego State softball players picked up preseason recognition from College Sports Madness, the website announced Sunday.

Junior Hayley Miles (Antelope, Calif.) was named the MW field player of the year by the website, while sophomore Danielle O'Toole (Upland, Calif.) was named the MW pitcher of the year and Erica Romero (Corona, Calif.) the MW freshman of the year. Additionally, senior Lorena Bauer (San Diego/Steele Canyon HS), senior Patrice Jackson (Kansas City, Mo.), Miles and O'Toole were all picked as first-team all-MW selections.

Miles, who last month was named to the 2014 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Watch List and redshirted the 2013 campaign, was a second-team Easton All-American, third-team NFCA All-American, second-team NFCA All-West Region selection and the MW Co-Player of the Year in 2012 after shattering 11 school single-season records, all from the leadoff spot. Those records included batting average (.429, previous best was .389), on-base percentage (.519, previous best was .467), slugging percentage (.909, previous best was .633), OPS percentage (1.428, previous best was 1.053), runs (62, previous best was 41), extra-base hits (42, previous best was 25), doubles (20, previous best was 14), home runs (20, previous best was 15), RBIs (49, previous best was 48), total bases (159, previous best was 102) and walks (34, previous best was 28).

O'Toole was named the MW Freshman of the Year and an all-league pick last season after going 14-7 with a 1.81 ERA and 121 strikeouts over 155 innings, while limiting the opposition to a .250 average. A left-hander, O'Toole led the conference in ERA and was fourth in appearances (35).

Romero comes to The Mesa after earning four letters at Santiago High School and playing her club ball for the Minors Gold. Romero was chosen as the 2013 Inland Empire Pitcher of the Year, the CIF-SS Division 1 Player of the Year and a Cal-Hi Sports Ms. Softball finalist, going 30-5 with a 0.79 ERA over 222 1/3 innings.

Bauer was named a first-team Easton All-American last year, as well as a first-team NFCA All-West Region selection and an all-MW pick after batting .401 with 13 home runs, 49 RBIs, 22 runs, 18 doubles, a .766 slugging percentage and a .462 on-base percentage. Among the all-time Aztec season bests, Bauer tied for first in RBIs and was second in batting average, OPS percentage (1.228), extra-base hits (33), doubles and total bases (128), third in slugging percentage, fourth in on-base percentage, tied for fourth in home runs and tied for fifth in hits (67).

Jackson, meanwhile, was a 2013 second-team Easton All-American, first-team NFCA All-West Region pick, the MW Player of the Year and an all-league pick, batting .366 with 18 homers, 48 RBIs, 37 runs, 27 walks, a .770 slugging percentage and a .456 on-base percentage. Among the SDSU single-season bests, Jackson's marks last year rank second in slugging percentage and home runs, third in total bases, tied for third in RBIs, tied for fourth in sacrifice flies (3), tied for fifth in walks (27), eighth in on-base percentage, tied for eighth in runs and 10th in batting average.

San Diego State is coming off a 36-20 season in 2013, advancing to the NCAA tournament for a school-record sixth consecutive year and capturing its sixth Mountain West title and second straight league championship. The Aztecs kick off their 2014 campaign at Arizona State's Kajikawa Classic from Feb. 6-8, beginning with games against Appalachian State and Oregon State on Feb. 6. SDSU will also face No. 22/20 Stanford the following day, and Cal Poly and Seattle on Feb. 8.