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Softball Kicks Off 2013 Season at Kajikawa Classic

Tiffany Corder and the Aztecs begin their 2013 season in Tempe, Ariz.
Tiffany Corder and the Aztecs begin their 2013 season in Tempe, Ariz.

Feb. 6, 2013

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego State softball team begins its quest for a sixth consecutive NCAA tournament bid Thursday when it travels to Tempe, Ariz., to compete in Arizona State's Kajikawa Classic.

The Aztecs are scheduled to play Creighton on Thursday at 4 p.m. MT, Northwestern (2 p.m. MT) and Stephen F. Austin (4:30 p.m. MT) on Friday and Western Michigan (11:30 a.m. MT) and No. 13/14 Arizona (2 p.m. MT) on Saturday. Northwestern, which is receiving votes in both national polls, and Arizona both made the NCAA tournament last year with the latter team earning a spot in the Women's College World Series.

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Kristin May's Walkoff Two-Run Homer Lifts SDSU Past Creighton, 5-3
Freshman Kristin May (Corona, Calif.) hit a walkoff two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the San Diego State softball team a 5-3 come-from-behind victory over Creighton Thursday at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz. The Aztecs (1-0), who are receiving votes in both the USA Today/NFCA and ESPN.com/USA Softball preseason polls, won their 10th consecutive season-opening game.

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Maeva Breaks RBI Record in 8-6 Loss at #17 Arizona
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Senior Justeen Maeva (San Diego/Mira Mesa HS) drove in five runs to break the San Diego State softball team's all-time RBI record, but No. 19/17 Arizona scored the final seven runs in an 8-6 victory over the Aztecs (18-19) in eight innings Wednesday in Tucson, Ariz.

On Tuesday, SDSU was picked to win the Mountain West regular season title in a preseason poll voted on by the league's seven coaches. San Diego State garnered 35 points in the poll with five of the seven first-place votes, easily outdistancing Colorado State's 28 points and one first-place vote.

The Aztecs are coming off a 32-24 season in 2012, capturing their fifth Mountain West title. SDSU went 2-2 in the NCAA Los Angeles Regional before being eliminated in the regional championship game for the second straight year, falling just short of the NCAA Super Regionals (equivalent to the Sweet 16). San Diego State finished with single-season program records in slugging percentage (.466), doubles (79), home runs (58), RBIs (237) and total bases (692), and received votes in both national polls.

The Aztecs return 10 letterwinners, including six starters and two pitchers from last year's squad. Leading the returners is junior Hayley Miles (Antelope, Calif.), who on Friday was named to the 2013 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Watch List. Last year, Miles was named 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 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).

Other returning all-conference selections include redshirt senior Rebecca Arbino (Clovis, Calif.), redshirt Patrice Jackson (Kansas City, Mo.) and sophomore Kayla Jordan (San Diego/Bonita Vista HS). In 2012, Arbino went 13-11 with a 2.02 ERA over 163 innings. The right-hander struck out 107 against 38 walks, while logging 15 complete games and five shutouts.

Jackson had a career year a season ago, belting 11 home runs with 39 RBIs and a .584 slugging percentage. She also hit .311 with 11 doubles and 11 walks.

Jordan, the reigning Mountain West Freshman of the Year, hit .324 with team highs of five triples and 12 stolen bases. She also added 28 runs with a slugging percentage of .455 and a .400 on-base percentage.

Other returning starters include junior Lorena Bauer (San Diego/Steele Canyon HS) (.301, 13 HR, 36 RBI), senior Kristin May (Corona, Calif.) (.280, 2 HR, 13 RBI) and senior Tiffany Corder (San Clemente, Calif.) (.190, 7 RBI).

For more information on the four-day tournament, click here.