Softball Faces Three Top-15 Teams in Palm Springs

Feb. 22, 2012

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SDSU Softball to Face Three Top-15 Teams at Cathedral City Classic
The San Diego State softball team continues its demanding non-conference schedule this weekend at the prestigious Cathedral City Classic with three of its six games against top-15 programs.

The Aztecs (7-4), who are receiving votes in both the USA Today/USA Softball (two votes) and the ESPN.com/USA Softball (11 votes) national polls, will meet No. 6/6 Oklahoma (6 p.m. PT) and No. 8/8 Texas (8:30 p.m. PT) on Thursday, New Mexico State (8 p.m. PT) on Friday, Iowa State (10 a.m. PT) on Saturday and No. 14/15 Stanford (1 p.m. PT) and Cal State Northridge (3 p.m. PT) on Sunday.

This year's classic features 34 teams, including 14 ranked schools, that will play a combined 87 games over the five fields at the Big League Dreams Sports Park in Cathedral City, Calif. (near Palm Springs).

SDSU is coming off a 4-1 weekend at the 22nd annual Campbell/Cartier Classic, where it defeated (rv/rv) Notre Dame, (rv/--) Oregon State, Central Florida and UC Davis, before falling to No. 12/8 UCLA, 1-0, in a hard-fought game.

The San Diego State offense has homered 18 times in 11 games this season, which is already the sixth most in a season in program history and more than four of the program's seven NCAA tournament teams (2001 - 12, 2003 - 12, 2008 - 14, 2009 - 12).

Junior Kristin May (Corona, Calif.) leads the squad in batting average (.476), while sophomore Hayley Miles (Antelope, Calif.) is hitting .441 with four home runs, four doubles and a .524 on-base percentage from the leadoff spot. Lorena Klopp (San Diego/Steele Canyon HS), the program's all-time home run leader just 11 games into her sophomore season, has five homers and 11 RBIs.

The pitching trio of redshirt junior Rebecca Arbino (Clovis, Calif./Texas A&M) (1-1, 1.75 ERA, 20.0 IP), senior Bailey Micetich (Woodland, Calif.) (4-1, 2.48, 36.2) and junior Kamerin May (Corona, Calif.) (2-2, 2.95, 21.1) have combined for a 2.42 team ERA over 78 innings.

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