Aztecs Complete Sweep With 1-0 Win Over Lobos
March 30, 2013
A two-out single by junior Lorena Bauer (San Diego/Steele Canyon HS) in the bottom of the sixth inning scored redshirt freshman Victoria Kobold (Concord, Calif.) to give the San Diego State softball team a 1-0 victory and three-game sweep over New Mexico Saturday afternoon at SDSU Softball Stadium.
The Aztecs (22-12, 3-0 Mountain West), who are receiving votes in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll, have now won 10 consecutive games, outscoring their opponents, 64-16, over the stretch.
SDSU's decisive inning started when Kobold reached via infield single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Kayla Jordan (San Diego/Bonita Vista HS). Following a walk by junior Katie Mathis (Grass Valley, Calif.), Kobold moved to third on a fielder's choice grounder by senior Kamerin May (Corona, Calif.) which got Mathis out at second. Bauer then took a 1-0 pitch down the right field line to score Kobold with the game-winning run.
The RBI was the 117th of Bauer's career, which ties Justeen Maeva (2010-12) for the most all-time at San Diego State. Bauer finished with two hits in the game to raise her batting average to a team-high .406 this year.
Freshman Leia Ruiz (Chino, Calif.) also had a hit for the Aztecs.
Senior right-hander Rebecca Arbino (Clovis, Calif.) picked up her third win of the weekend after allowing two hits and two walks over four innings of scoreless relief. Arbino (13-7) struck out six. Freshman left-hander Danielle O'Toole (Upland, Calif.) got the start and gave up four hits over three scoreless innings, while striking out three.
The duo stranded 10 Lobo (16-23, 0-3 MW) runners in the game, including two each in the first, second, fourth and fifth inning. Arbino and O'Toole limited UNM to a .000 (0-for-7) batting average with runners in scoring position and a .154 mark (2-for-13) with runners on base.
SDSU plays host to San Diego in a non-conference contest at 6 p.m. PT Wednesday.
NOTES: San Diego State has won 13 straight games over UNM and 18 of the past 19 meetings ... The Aztecs improved to 19-4 when scoring first and 22-5 when leading at any point in the game ... LHP Danielle O'Toole has tossed 19 1/3 consecutive innings without allowing a run ... DP/1B Lorena Bauer's 117 career RBIs have come over 131 games, while Justeen Maeva's 117 came over 155 contests ... With enough at-bats to now qualify for the SDSU single-season leaders, Bauer ranks second in batting average (.406), slugging percentage (.792) and OPS (OB%+SLG%) percentage (1.239), while RF Patrice Jackson is third in batting average (.400), on-base percentage (.466) and OPS percentage (1.146), and fourth in slugging percentage (.680) ... San Diego State now has 10 shutouts this year, including two straight, four of the past five games, five of the past seven and six of the past nine ... Opponents are hitting just .210 (52-for-248) against the Aztec pitching staff with runners in scoring position and .216 (97-for-449) with runners on base.
San Diego State 1, New Mexico 0
New Mexico (16-23, 0-3 MW) 000 000 0 -- 0 6 2
San Diego State (22-12, 3-0 MW) 000 001 x -- 1 4 3
Soles and Tellez; O'Toole, Arbino (4) and Kr. May
W - Arbino, 13-7; L - Soles, 7-10