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Miles, Arbino Sweep MW Softball's Weekly Awards

Rebecca Arbino was named the MW Pitcher of the Week.
Rebecca Arbino was named the MW Pitcher of the Week.

April 24, 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - San Diego State softball players Hayley Miles (Antelope, Calif.) and Rebecca Arbino (Clovis, Calif.) swept the Mountain West weekly awards, the league announced today. Miles was chosen as the MW Player of the Week, while Arbino was named the pitcher of the week.

It is the second career weekly accolade for both Miles and Arbino. The duo led the Aztecs to a 4-0 road record last week, including a three-game series sweep at New Mexico.

Miles batted .727 (8-for-11) from the leadoff spot with five home runs, eight RBIs and 10 runs scored over the four games. She finished with a slugging percentage of 2.091, while adding seven walks (one intentional) and a hit by pitch for a .842 on-base percentage. Three of the sophomore's five home runs led off the game in consecutive contests at San Diego (April 18) and the first two games at New Mexico (April 20-21). She was also perfect in 21 fielding chances at shortstop. Miles has now reached base safely in 31 straight games.

In a 5-0 win against the Toreros on Wednesday, Miles was 3-for-3 with a homer, a walk, two runs and an RBI. On Friday in the series opener of an 8-3 win against the Lobos, Miles went 3-for-3 with two home runs, four RBIs, three runs and two walks. The following day on The Mtn., Miles was 2-for-3 with two homers, three RBIs, four runs and two walks in SDSU's 12-6 victory. The lone time she got out ended a streak of 12 consecutive plate appearances (10 in the week) of reaching base safely. On Sunday, Miles was 0-for-2, ending her 12-game hitting streak, but did reach base safely three times with two walks (one intentional) and a hit by pitch, scoring a run in San Diego State's 7-0 win. The UNM crowd gave a loud ovation when she was intentionally walked in her last plate appearance in the seventh inning.

Miles, who has started all 99 games since she arrived on campus and already owns eight single-season records and four career marks, is batting .432 with 14 home runs, 36 RBIs, 49 runs, 15 doubles, 25 walks, a .871 slugging percentage and .518 on-base percentage. She is ranked among the top 25 nationally in five categories, including slugging percentage (10th), doubles per game (T-11th, 0.34), runs per game (12th, 1.11), home runs per game (T-23rd, 0.32) and batting average (25th).

Arbino, meanwhile, went 2-0 in the circle with a 1.75 ERA over 12 innings and two appearances against New Mexico. The redshirt junior struck out five and walked two, while limiting the Lobos to a .217 batting average. UNM came into the weekend with a .309 average and 66 home runs.

On Friday, Arbino got the win after allowing three runs on four hits and a walk over five innings. She struck out three and walked one. On Sunday, Arbino tossed a complete game, six-hit shutout. All six hits she gave up were singles and she yielded one walk, while striking out two.

On the year, Arbino is 12-8 with a 2.16 ERA over 132 2/3 innings. She has 84 strikeouts and has held the opposition to a .265 average. Additionally, the right-hander is tied for ninth in the country with four saves. Arbino is the second straight Aztec to win the MW Pitcher-of-the-Week Award, following senior Bailey Micetich (Woodland, Calif.).

SDSU welcomes Cal State Fullerton at 6 p.m. PT Wednesday in a non-conference match-up.