April 27, 2012
Former Center player named national softball Player of the Week

San Diego State sophomore infielder Hayley Miles, a graduate of Center High School, has picked up two national awards for her play during the past week.

Miles was named the Louisville Slugger Division I National Player of the Week and the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week, respectively.

Miles, also honored as the Mountain West Player of the Week, 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 on Friday and Saturday.

The Mountain West Freshman of the Year last season also was perfect in 21 fielding chances at shortstop. Miles has reached base safely in 32 straight games.

"This award means a lot to me," Miles said on the school's web-site. "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."

Aztecs coach Kathy Van Wyk said it was nice to see all of Miles' hard work pay off.

"She just keeps getting better and better, but is still so humble about her accomplishments," Van Wyk said. "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 San Diego on April 18, 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 New Mexico, Miles went 3-for-3 with two home runs, four RBIs, three runs and two walks.

Miles was 2-for-3 with two homers, three RBIs, four runs and two walks in SDSU's 12-6 victory on Saturday. 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.

According to San Diego State media relations, the New Mexico crowd gave a loud ovation when she was intentionally walked in her last plate appearance in the seventh inning.

Miles kept up her strong offensive efforts in a 10-5, five-inning mercy win over Fullerton State on Wednesday. She went two-for-three with a home run, double and an RBI.

Miles, who has started all 100 games since she arrived on campus and already owns eight single-season records and four career marks, is batting .437 with 15 home runs, 37 RBIs, 51 runs and a .894 slugging percentage.

Two of Miles' San Diego State teammates are former Pioneer pitcher Bailey Micetich (12-6, 2.30 earned run average) and Bear River infielder Katie Mathias (.220, 16 starts).

Micetich is a former Mountain West Freshman of the Year who made the all-conference team with Miles last season.

San Diego State is 26-19 overall with seven regular-season games remaining.

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