Softball Welcomes UNLV With MW Title on the Line
May 8, 2013
SAN DIEGO -
The San Diego State softball team wraps up the 2013 regular season this weekend with a three-game series against UNLV at SDSU Softball Stadium.
The Aztecs (32-18, 10-5 Mountain West) and Rebels (21-28, 7-8 MW) will meet at 6 p.m. PT Thursday, 5 p.m. PT Friday and 1 p.m. PT Saturday. The Friday game will be broadcast live nationally on CBS Sports Network, while the Saturday contest will feature a postgame ceremony honoring SDSU's four seniors - Rebecca Arbino (Clovis, Calif.), Tiffany Corder (San Clemente, Calif.), Kamerin May (Corona, Calif.) and Kristin May (Corona, Calif.).
San Diego State currently leads the MW with a 10-5 record. The Aztecs need just one win for a share of the league title (Fresno State (11-7, done for the conference season), Colorado State (8-7) and Nevada (8-7) are in the mix), but owns the tiebreaker with each team and would earn the automatic bid into the NCAA tournament. Two wins this weekend would give SDSU the outright title.
San Diego State is a five-time Mountain West champion and has advanced to eight NCAA tournaments, including five consecutive appearances.
Nine of the Aztecs' 18 losses this season have come against nationally ranked schools, including four vs. 2012 Women's College World Series teams. Additionally, SDSU has played 16 teams who made last year's NCAA tournament.
Junior Lorena Bauer (San Diego/Steele Canyon HS) leads San Diego State with a .414 average to go along with 11 home runs and 42 RBIs. Junior Patrice Jackson (Kansas City, Mo.) is hitting .366 with 16 homers and 39 RBIs, while sophomore Kayla Jordan (San Diego/Bonita Vista HS) (6 HR, 23 RBI, 36 R) and Kamerin May (3 HR, 23 RBI) are each batting .329.
Freshman left-hander Danielle O'Toole (Upland, Calif.) (13-6, 1.76 ERA, 137.0 IP) and right-hander Arbino (18-12, 2.04 ERA, 192.1 IP) are 1-2 in the MW in ERA and back a pitching staff that easily leads the conference ERA at 2.02.
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