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Softball Welcomes Cal St. Northridge on Wednesday

Katie Mathis and the Aztecs will meet Cal State Northridge on Wednesday.
Katie Mathis and the Aztecs will meet Cal State Northridge on Wednesday.

March 25, 2014

SAN DIEGO - San Diego State welcomes Cal State Northridge to SDSU Softball Stadium for a non-conference game at 7 p.m. PT Wednesday. The Aztecs (34-9, 2-1 MW), who are receiving votes in the latest ESPN.com/USA Softball poll, are off to their second-best start in school history.

SDSU has won 13 of its last 15 games and is at No. 34 (out of 293 schools) in the first edition of the NCAA RPI.

Three San Diego State athletes are ranked among the best in the country, led by senior Patrice Jackson (Kansas City, Mo.). Jackson leads the country with 40 walks (in 33 games), and is tied for first in home runs (13), seventh in on-base percentage (.579) and seventh in slugging percentage (.916). The reigning Mountain West Most Valuable Player, Jackson is batting .373 and has added 23 runs and 36 RBIs.

Sydnee Cable (Huntington Beach, Calif.), meanwhile, is ranked 12th in the nation in on-base percentage (.565) and first among freshman. She leads the Aztecs in batting average (.419), hits (39), doubles (9) and times hit by pitch (10), while owning a .538 slugging percentage.

Sophomore Leia Ruiz (Chino, Calif.) (.338, 17 R), senior Dominique Dinner (Monterey, Calif.) (.320, 15-16 SB) and senior Katie Mathis (Grass Valley, Calif.) (.306, 19 R) are also hitting over .300 for SDSU.

San Diego State is batting .298 on the season with 25 home runs, 44 stolen bases, a .452 slugging percentage and a .406 on-base mark. Both the .298 batting average and .406 on-base percentage would be team records if the season ended today, while the .452 on-base percentage is currently the second-best in school history.

Sophomore Danielle O'Toole (Upland, Calif.) continues to lead the San Diego State pitching staff, going 17-4 with a 1.67 ERA and a save over 126 innings. She has started 17 of the team's 33 games, completing 13 of them with three solo shutouts and a combined shutout. O'Toole has 115 strikeouts against just 18 walks, holding the opposition to .220 average. O'Toole's 17 wins are tied for first in the nation.

Freshmen Andi Smith (Orangeville, Utah) (3-2, 2.62 ERA, 42.2 IP) and Erica Romero (Corona, Calif.) (4-3, 4.59 ERA, 53.1 IP, 2 SV) have also pitched more as of late. The Aztecs have a 2.55 team ERA.

The Matadors are 21-10 this season and have yet to play a Big West game. CSUN is 71st in the first edition of the RPI. Cal State Northridge, which is hitting .289 as a team, is led offensively by Taylor Glover (.422, 23 R, 13 XBH, .647 SLG%, .454 OB%, 13-15 SB), Kaitlin Toerner (.389), Abby Linn (.340), 21 R) and Taylor Nate (.338, 3 HR, 16 RBI). Seven players have logged innings for the Matadors, who have a team ERA of 2.92. Brianna Elder (14-4, 2.05 ERA, 105.2 IP, 3 SV) has the team's best ERA.

SDSU resumes Mountain West action next weekend (April 4-6) vs. Nevada.