San Diego State's Hayley Miles Sweeps National Weekly Accolades
April 24, 2012
SAN DIEGO - San Diego State sophomore Hayley Miles (Antelope, Calif.) has picked up two national awards for her play over the week of April 16-22, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association and Amateur Softball Association announced today. Miles was named the Louisville Slugger Division I National Player of the Week and the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week, respectively.
Miles, who was honored as the Mountain West Player of the Week earlier in the day, batted .727 (8-for-11) from the leadoff spot with five home runs, eight RBIs and 10 runs scored over four road wins by the Aztecs last week. 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 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.
"This award means a lot to me," Miles said. "It feels good that all my hard work is paying off by getting recognized on a national level. The support from my teammates has been great, from throwing me extra soft toss to keeping me motivated by working so hard. The coaching staff has also been extremely supportive and has shown confidence in me throughout my career here. I just want to keep getting better."
"Hayley's been great for us all season and it's nice to see her hard work paying off with this award," Van Wyk said. "She just keeps getting better and better, but is still so humble about her accomplishments. The best part is that Hayley is just a sophomore. I'm so happy for her to win this great honor."
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).
Winners of seven consecutive games, the Aztecs (25-19) welcome Cal State Fullerton at 6 p.m. PT Wednesday in a non-conference match-up.