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Arbino and Bauer Earn MW Softball Weekly Awards

Rebecca Arbino (pictured) and Lorena Bauer were each honored by the Mountain West on Tuesday.
Rebecca Arbino (pictured) and Lorena Bauer were each honored by the Mountain West on Tuesday.

Feb. 12, 2013

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - San Diego State softball's Rebecca Arbino (Clovis, Calif.) has been named the Mountain West Pitcher of the Week, while Lorena Bauer (San Diego/Steele Canyon HS) garnered co-player-of-the-week honors, the league announced Tuesday. It was the third career MW weekly accolade for Arbino, while Bauer, who shared the honor with Nevada's Karley Hopkins, won the award for the second time of her career.

The duo helped the Aztecs go 3-2 last weekend at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz., with both of their losses coming by one run, including a 3-2 setback to No. 13/14 Arizona on Saturday on a walkoff home run. SDSU's biggest win was a 7-5 victory over Northwestern, which made the NCAA tournament last year and was receiving votes in both preseason national polls.

Arbino, a redshirt senior, went 3-1 in the circle with a 1.24 ERA over 22 2/3 innings. She pitched in all five games, completing both games she started and finishing the game in a relief role of the other three. The right-hander struck out 20 batters against two walks for a 10-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Only five of the 25 hits she allowed were for extra bases and she limited the opposition to a .263 batting average.

Against Creighton on Thursday, Arbino struck out a career-high 11 en route to the win in the team's first game of the season. She yielded nine hits and two unearned runs without a walk over seven innings. On Friday against Stephen F. Austin, Arbino retired the only two batters she faced in the top of the seventh inning. Later in the day, she earned the win against Northwestern after scattering five runs (three earned) on five hits and two walks over seven innings, while striking out three. Against Western Michigan on Saturday, Arbino picked up the win after allowing just three hits and no walks over six scoreless innings of relief, while striking out five. In San Diego State's tournament finale vs. No. 13/14 Arizona, Arbino took the loss after giving up one run on four hits over two innings of relief. She struck out one without issuing a walk.

Bauer, a junior, batted .438 (7-for-16) with four home runs and nine RBIs from the No. 5 spot in the lineup. Bauer, who started all five games for the Aztecs, also had four runs, a double and a walk, while owning a 1.250 slugging percentage and a .471 on-base percentage. Against Creighton on Thursday, she was 2-for-3 with a home run, an RBI and a run scored. After going 0-for-3 against Stephen F. Austin on Friday morning, Bauer came back in the nightcap to go 2-for-4 with a three-run homer to lead SDSU past Northwestern, 7-5. On Saturday, Bauer was a combined 3-for-6 with two home runs, a double and five RBIs in San Diego State's split. She was 2-for-4 with four RBIs vs. Western Michigan, including a two-run homer and a two-run double, and 1-for-2 with a solo home run and a walk against No. 13/14 Arizona. Bauer also pitched three innings in two appearances in the circle and was perfect in one fielding chance.

The Aztecs play host to the prestigious 23rd annual Campbell/Cartier Classic this weekend, beginning with a Thursday game against Kentucky at 6 p.m. PT.