San Diego State’s Miles named USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week
OKLAHOMA CITY – For her outstanding efforts on both sides of the ball, San Diego State shortstop Hayley Miles (Antelope, Calif.) was named the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Week for the week of April 16- 22 the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America announced today. The sophomore batted .727 (8-11) with five home runs, eight RBI and 10 runs leading the Aztecs to a 4-0 record for the week.
“This award means a lot to me,” said Miles. “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.”
Miles had no trouble jumping out to hot starts with three leadoff homers in consecutive games to begin the week for San Diego State. The California native ended the week with a 2.091 slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .842. She was also solid from the shortstop position with no errors on 21 chances.
“Hayley’s been great for us all season and it’s nice to see her hard work paying off with this award,” said Aztec Head Coach Kathy Van Wyk. “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.”
Miles is leading the Aztecs with a .432 batting average as well as a .871 slugging percentage on the year. She has posted an on-base percentage of .518 with a fielding percentage of .929. Miles is the first San Diego State player to garner the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week award. She was named the Player of the Week by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) this week, becoming the second player this season to sweep the national awards. Miles is also the Mountain West Conference Player of the Week.
2012 USA Softball Collegiate Players of the Week
Week 1 (Feb. 9-12): Valerie Arioto - California - Redshirt senior - Utility – Pleasanton, Calif.
Week 2 (Feb. 13-19): Christi Orgeron – ULL – Senior – Utility – New Orleans, La.
Week 3 (Feb. 20-26): Teagan Gerhart – Stanford – Junior – Pitcher – Norco, Calif.
Week 4 (Feb. 27-March 4): Jessica Cooley – Mississippi State – Junior – Outfielder – Birmingham, Ala.
Week 5 (March 5-11): Sara Nevins – South Florida – Sophomore – Pitcher - Pinellas Park, Fla.
Week 6 (March 12-18): Kaitlin Inglesby – Washington – Sophomore – Pitcher/Designated player – Portland, Ore.
Week 7 (March 19-25): Michelle Moultrie – Florida – Senior – Outfielder – Jacksonville, Fla.
Week 8 (March 26- April 1): Kirsten Verdun – DePaul – Sophomore – Pitcher/1B – Coal City, Ill.
Week 9 (April 2-8, 2012): Ashley Fleming – Missouri – Senior – Outfielder – Silex, Mo.
Week 10 (April 9-15, 2012): Stephany LaRosa – UCLA – Freshman – Third Base – Diamond Bar, Calif.
Week 11 (April 16-22, 2012): Hayley Miles – San Diego State – Sophomore – Shortstop – Antelope, Calif.
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USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men's, Women's, Junior Boys' and Junior Girls' National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women's National Team is one of only two women's sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won nine World Championship titles including the last seven consecutive as well as claimed five World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com/.