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Fry, Hyland Collect First Softball Honors For 2017 Season


Nichole Fry and Sierra Hyland helped Long Beach State and Cal Poly to strong starts during opening weekend for the 2017 softball season.

Fry Hits .500 As Beach Topples No. 22 Notre Dame

Sophomore Nichole Fry (Lake Elsinore, Calif./Santiago HS) batted .500 to help Long Beach State go 3-1-1 at the season-opening Beach Kickoff Tournament, capturing Big West Softball Field Player of the Week accolades.

The shortstop recorded a pair of multiple-hit games while leading the team with four runs scored and tying for the team-high honors in RBI (4).  Fry had six hits in 12 at-bats, while also posting a .632 on-base percentage and .833 slugging percentage.

Fry scored twice and delivered a two-run triple in her season debut, an 8-0 victory over South Dakota.  She also registered a pair of walks in that game.

In a 4-3 win over No. 22 Notre Dame, Fry went 1-for-2 with a run scored, a walk and an RBI.  She drove home the run on a sac fly.

Fry doubled twice with a run scored and an RBI in a 6-6 tie against Weber State, the program’s first draw since 1997.  She closed out the tournament with a 2-for-3 performance in a 5-1 triumph over San Diego State.

Others nominated: Amanda Sandoval (Cal Poly); Taylor Glover (CSUN); Alexis Carney (UC Davis); Kristen Clark (UC Santa Barbara); Chardonnay Pantastico (Hawai‘i)

Hyland Tallies 12th Career Pitcher Award

Cal Poly senior Sierra Hyland (Visalia, Calif./El Diamante HS) tallied a no-hitter, a perfect game and a save at the season-opening Kajikawa Classic, which led to her selection as Big West Softball Pitcher of the Week for the 12th time during her illustrious career.

The right-hander ranks fourth all-time in Big West history with her 12 citations, just three shy of tying the record of 15 held by Long Beach State’s Erin Jones-Wesley (2011-14).

Hyland appeared in all five games to help the Mustangs finish 4-1 at the Kajikawa Classic.  

She tossed a nine-strikeout no-hitter in the season opener, a 2-1 victory over Purdue.  She entered for a two-inning save, her school record-tying fifth, in an 8-6 win against San Diego.

Hyland then returned for her next start, an 8-0 run-rule triumph versus Creighton.  She twirled her second career perfect game and fifth career no-hitter with nine strikeouts in five innings.

Hyland fanned five more hitters and earned her third victory of the tournament, shutting down Western Michigan for two innings in a 2-1 triumph.  Her only setback came in a pitcher’s duel to No. 9 Oregon.  Hyland allowed three runs and six hits in a complete game 3-1 loss.

For the week, Hyland struck out 31 batters in 23.0 innings, allowing just nine hits and five runs (three earned).  She also walked only five.  Hyland posted a minuscule 0.91 earned run average.

Her career total in strikeouts increased to 721, ranking her sixth in Big West history.

Others nominated: Christina Clermont (Long Beach State); Katelyn Kibby (UC Davis); Veronika Gulvin (UC Santa Barbara); Brittany Hitchcock (Hawai‘i)