SDSU's Hayley Miles Named MW Co-Player of the Year

May 15, 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - San Diego State sophomore Hayley Miles (Antelope, Calif.) has been named the Mountain West Co-Player of the year, the league announced Tuesday. Miles is the first Aztec to ever win player-of-the-year honors (SDSU has had seven pitcher-of-the-year winners) in the 13 years of the conference.

Additionally, Kayla Jordan (San Diego/Bonita Vista HS) was chosen as the MW Freshman of the Year, becoming the sixth SDSU player to win the award and third in four seasons. Miles and Jordan were joined on the all-conference team by seniors Justeen Maeva (San Diego/Mira Mesa HS) and Bailey Micetich (Woodland, Calif.), redshirt junior Rebecca Arbino (Clovis, Calif.) and redshirt sophomore Patrice Jackson (Kansas City, Mo.). San Diego State's six all-conference selections led the league.

In MW games, Miles led the league in runs (21), home runs (10), RBIs (21), walks (13) and slugging percentage (1.359), all from the leadoff spot, while batting a team-high .487 (19-for-39). She also ranked second in on-base percentage (.623) and tied for third in hits (19). After playing center field last year, Miles made the move to shortstop in 2012 and was perfect in 53 fielding chances (the second most chances with a 1.000 fielding percentage in the league). It is the second all-conference selection for Miles, who was the MW Freshman of the Year last season.

Overall, Miles is ranked among the top 10 in the country in doubles per game (third, 0.38), slugging percentage (fifth, .952), runs per game (fifth, 1.19), batting average (ninth, .446) and home runs per game (ninth, 0.38), and is also 18th in on-base percentage (.530), tied for 41st in RBIs per game (0.94) and tied for 89th in walks per game (0.60). She has set 11 program single-season records in 2012, including batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS (OB%+SLG%) percentage (1.482), runs (62), extra-base hits (42), doubles (20), home runs (20), RBIs (49), total bases (158) and walks (31).

Jordan, meanwhile, became the sixth Aztec to be named the MW Freshman of the Year, joining Bre DeSanta in 2002, Celena Velasquez in 2003, Erin Floros in 2006, Micetich in 2009 and Miles in 2011. Jordan hit .425 (17-for-40) in conference play, tying for the league lead with two triples. The left fielder also tied for second in stolen bases (4), ranked third in on-base percentage (.549), fourth in runs (11) and fifth in hits.

On the season overall, Jordan is hitting .321 and leads the team with 11 stolen bases and a school-record tying five triples. She ranks second in runs (27) and walks (15), while owning a .455 slugging percentage and .399 on-base percentage.

Maeva became an all-conference selection for the second time in her career (also 2010) after hitting .395 (17-for-43) in league action with a homer, 12 RBIs and four doubles. The two-time all-NFCA West Region Second-Team selection (2010-11) is tied for third in league-only games in doubles and at-bats (43), tied for fifth in RBIs and hits, and eighth in batting average. She committed just one error at first base in 92 chances for a .989 fielding percentage. Her 92 chances and 89 putouts ranked second in the Mountain West.

Maeva is second on the team overall in batting average (.335), hits (54) and RBIs (42). The all-time leader in RBIs at SDSU, she also has seven home runs and a .509 slugging percentage.

The 2009 MW Freshman of the Year, Micetich picked up all-conference accolades for the third time in her career (2009, 2011-12). In league games, the right-hander was 4-1 with a 4.60 ERA over 35 innings. She struck out 41 and walked 10, while limiting the opposition to a .278 average. Her 41 strikeouts were the most of any player in league games, and she also was tied for third in wins, fourth in opposing batting average and tied for fourth in games started (6).

Overall, Micetich is 15-7 with a 2.68 ERA in 149 innings. She is tied for the league lead in strikeouts (170) and solo shutouts (4), second in opposing batting average (.238), and third in wins and ERA.

Arbino garnered her first all-conference award of any kind after playing for Texas A&M in 2009-10 by going 5-2 in league action with a 2.12 ERA over 42 2/3 innings. She had 29 strikeouts and walked five, while holding the opposition to a .286 average. She ranked first in ERA, tied for first in wins, saves (1) and solo shutouts (1), tied for second in appearances (9), tied for third in innings pitched and complete games (3), tied for fourth in games started (6), and fifth in opposing batting average.

In all games, Arbino is 13-10 with a league-low 2.09 ERA over 154 innings. The right-hander is also first in saves (4) and tied for first in solo shutouts (4), and third in appearances (34), innings pitched and games started (24).

Jackson rounds out the list of San Diego State all-conference winners after batting .410 (16-for-39) in MW play with four home runs, 12 RBIs and a league-high eight doubles. She finished with a .923 slugging percentage and .455 on-base percentage. Jackson was fourth in slugging percentage, tied for fourth in total bases (36), tied for fifth in homers and RBIs, seventh in batting average and tied for eighth in hits.

Overall, the right fielder is second on the team in total bases (93) and tied for second in doubles (11), while ranking third in batting average (.322), homers (11), RBIs (39) and slugging percentage (.612). Among the league leaders, Jackson is tied for first in sacrifice flies (3), tied for sixth in doubles, seventh in home runs, eighth in slugging percentage, ninth in total bases and tied for ninth in RBIs.

The Aztecs earned the Mountain West's automatic bid into the NCAA tournament after going 9-3 in league player for their fifth regular season title. SDSU (30-22) plays No. 20/20 Florida State (46-14) at 3 p.m. PT Friday in Los Angeles, Calif. The No. 12 overall seed and No. 15/14 UCLA (36-18) and Hofstra (38-13) will follow at 5:30 p.m. PT in the double-elimination regional.

2012 Mountain West Conference Awards
Co-Players of the Year:
Hayley Miles (SDSU) & Tara Glover (Boise State)
Pitcher of the Year: Kacie McCarthy (Colorado State)
Freshman of the Year: Kayla Jordan (SDSU)
Coach of the Year: Jen Fisher (Colorado State)

All-Conference Team
Rebecca Arbino (SDSU)
Patrice Jackson (SDSU)
Kayla Jordan (SDSU)
Justeen Maeva (SDSU)
Bailey Micetich (SDSU)
Hayley Miles (SDSU)
Devon Bridges (Boise State)
Kellie Caplan (Boise State)
Tara Glover (Boise State)
Aubray Zell (Boise State)
Chelsea Biglow (Colorado State)
Kacie McCarthy (Colorado State)
Ashlie Ortega (Colorado State)
Emily Pohl (Colorado State)
Lyssa Roberts (Colorado State)
Chelsea Anaya (New Mexico)
Stefanie Carramusa (New Mexico)
Jessica Garcia (New Mexico)
Paige Emerson (UNLV)
Stefany Valentino (UNLV)