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Central Coast Duo Take Home Softball Honors


Jessica Johnston led UC Santa Barbara at the plate and Sierra Hyland paced Cal Poly in the circle as the two claimed this week’s softball honors.

Johnston Fuels Offense at Gaucho Classic I

UC Santa Barbara sophomore Jessica Johnston (Studio City, Calif./Harvard-Westlake School) led the offense with a .714 average at the Gaucho Classic I, earning Big West Softball Field Player of the Week kudos.

The Gauchos posted a 4-1 record at the tournament, including a win over South Carolina of the SEC and two victories against Georgia Tech of the ACC.

In addition to hitting .714, Johnston led the Gauchos with 10 hits and nine RBIs.  She was a perfect 4-for-4 with three runs scored and three RBIs in a 10-2 run-rule victory over Southern Utah in the tourney finale.

Johnston, who had at least one RBI in four of the five games and a hit in all five, drove in three with a bases clearing single that capped off a 6-4 comeback win over the Yellow Jackets.  She recorded her second straight two-hit performance against Georgia Tech, pushing two more runs across the plate in a 4-0 triumph.

The right fielder also walked five times to finish the Gaucho Classic I with an .800 on-base percentage.

Others nominated:
Breana West (Cal Poly); Taylor Glover (CSUN); Darian Tautalafua (Long Beach State); Kelly Zboralske (UC Davis); Natalie Sanchez (UC Riverside); Ulu Matagiese (Hawai‘i)

Hyland Dominates Libby Matson Tournament

Cal Poly junior Sierra Hyland (Visalia, Calif./El Diamante HS) earned her second straight Big West Softball Pitcher of the Week honor with three wins and a save at the Libby Matson Tournament.

The right-hander posted a 0.60 ERA with 37 strikeouts against just seven walks in the Pacific-hosted tournament.  She recorded three complete games and a shutout as Cal Poly went 5-0.

Hyland struck out 10 or more hitters in all three of her starts.  She fanned 11 in a 3-2 victory over Purdue, scattering five hits and yielding just one earned run.  She hurled a two-hit shutout in a 5-0 whitewashing of CSU Bakersfield, striking out 10 hitters for her second win of the tourney.

In a 3-1 win over the host Tigers, Hyland gave up one run and one walk with 10 strikeouts.  Hyland allowed just two extra-base hits in 23.1 innings of work and held opponents to a .157 batting average.

Others nominated: Christina Clermont (Long Beach State); Leah Munden (UC Davis); Ashley Ludlow (UC Santa Barbara); Kanani Aina Cabrales (Hawai‘i)