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Cal Poly's Hyland Named National Player of the Week


Cal Poly junior right hander Sierra Hyland earned national praise for her efforts last weekend, earning USA Softball Collegiate National Player of the Week honors.

Hyland went 3-0 with a save at the Libby Matson Tournament, turning in a dominant performance over her 23.1 innings of work. Hyland opened the tourney striking out 11 Purdue hitters during Cal Poly’s 3-2 victory, then returned the following afternoon to strike out 10 Cal State Bakersfield batters and allow just two hits during a complete-game win. During the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader, Hyland earned her second save of the season by striking out six Purdue hitters to preserve a 5-3 win.

Hyland closed tournament play on Feb. 28 with a 10-strikeout performance in a 3-1 victory against host Pacific.

For the season, Hyland (7-2) leads all Big West Conference pitchers in opposing batting average (.177) and innings pitched (69.0) and ranks second for wins. She is also the first Mustang to earn USA Softball Collegiate National Player of the Week accolades in the history of the program.