Aztecs sweep series vs. CSU

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by Danielle Gaut

The Aztecs triumphed in the first series of MWC play. Peter Kluch, Senior Staff Photographer
The Aztecs triumphed in the first series of MWC play. Peter Kluch, Senior Staff Photographer

While the majority of the game remained tied, the San Diego State softball team was able to edge past Colorado State on Sunday.

The win came in part thanks to a clutch sixth inning, two-out triple by freshman outfielder Kayla Jordan, who knocked in three runs.

In its opening weekend of Mountain West Conference play, SDSU (21-19, 3-0 Mountain West) successfully finished off the series with a 4-1 triumph against Colorado State (19-21, 0-3 MW) at the SDSU Softball Stadium. The victory completed the Aztecs three-game sweep against the Rams and left them with the confidence they need to win conference.

“We came out with a bang. We all did our jobs and everyone came ready to play,” redshirt junior pitcher Rebecca Arbino said.

Arbino, who pitched a complete game, earned the win for SDSU. She struck out four and allowed one unearned run off a fielding error in the second inning. Despite a defensive slipup made early in the game, Arbino has no complaints about her team’s defense.

“My defense was stellar. Errors are going to happen and my defense made some great plays throughout the game,” Arbino said.

The Aztec offense totaled eight hits on the afternoon, led by a three-hit, RBI performance from senior third baseman, Ashley Rose. Jordan, who was also solid at the plate, had two hits in the game with three RBIs. In addition, three other SDSU players registered hits. Sophomore shortstop Hayley Miles scored her 39th run of the season and is currently tied for the third-most runs in SDSU’s single season history.

“Offensively, we never panicked,” Rose said. “We battled at the plate and made adjustments when we needed to.”

The Aztecs are set to play their next game at 6 p.m. this Wednesday against crosstown rivals, San Diego, before heading to Albuquerque, NM this weekend where they will go head to head against the Lobos in a three-game series.

“Every game matters because we need to win conference so we can go to regionals,” Rose said.