Softball Picked to Win 2013 Mountain West Title
Feb. 5, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The San Diego State softball team has been picked to win the Mountain West regular season title in a preseason poll voted on by the league's seven coaches on Tuesday.
The Aztecs garnered 35 points, including five of the seven first-place votes, easily outdistancing runner-up Colorado State's 28 points and one first-place vote. Fresno State was picked to finish third with 26 points, while Boise State had 23 points and the other first-place vote. New Mexico (15), UNLV (12) and Nevada (8) rounded out the preseason poll.
SDSU is coming off a 32-24 season in 2012, advancing to the NCAA tournament for a school-record fifth consecutive year and capturing its fifth Mountain West title. San Diego State 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). The Aztecs 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.
SDSU returns six starters from last year's squad, including junior Hayley Miles (Antelope, Calif.), who on Friday was named to the 2013 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Watch List. Miles was the 2012 MW Co-Player of the Year and returns with fellow all-league performers Rebecca Arbino (Clovis, Calif.), Patrice Jackson (Kansas City, Mo.) and Kayla Jordan (San Diego/Bonita Vista HS).
San Diego State kicks off its 2013 slate this weekend in Tempe, Ariz., at Arizona State's Kajikawa Classic. Two of the Aztecs' five games at the classic will be against 2012 NCAA tournament teams, including Northwestern (Feb. 8) and Women's College World Series qualifier and No. 13/14 Arizona (Feb. 9). SDSU will also play Creighton (Feb. 7), Stephen F. Austin (Feb. 8) and Western Michigan (Feb. 9).
2013 MW Softball Preseason Poll
(First-place votes in parenthesis)
1. San Diego State (5) - 35
2. Colorado State (1) - 28
3. Fresno State - 26
4. Boise State (1) - 23
5. New Mexico - 15
6. UNLV - 12
7. Nevada - 8