Morales, Hyland Receive Softball Weekly Honors
Heather Morales hit in seven straight games, while Sierra Hyland broke the school’s career strikeout record as this week’s softball honorees.
Morales Extends Hit Streak To Eight
Hawai‘i senior Heather Morales (Indio, Calif./Indio HS) led the team to a 6-1 record with at least a hit in all seven games, earning Big West Softball Field Player of the Week honors.
The first baseman hit .524 (11-for-21) with three runs scored and six RBI. She posted a 1.048 slugging percentage as well with two double and three home runs to her credit.
Morales began the week going 4-for-6 with two runs scored, two homers and three RBI in a doubleheader sweep of Toledo. She hit a solo shot in game one and added a two-run dinger in game two.
The Rainbow Wahine then played five games at the Outrigger Spring Fling Tournament as Morales helped her team to a 4-1 record. She had two hits, including a double, in a 5-3 victory over Charleston Southern to open the tournament. She homered for the third time in four days against Toledo, finishing 2-for-4 with a double in an 8-1 triumph.
In back-to-back shutout victories against Marist, Morales had a hit in each game, including the game-winning 2-RBI single in game one.
Others nominated: Crimson Kaiser (Cal Poly); Taylor Nate (CSUN); Taylor Peters (UC Davis); Hannah Rodriguez (UC Riverside); Melanie Menor (UC Santa Barbara)
Hyland Breaks Cal Poly Career Strikeout Record
Cal Poly senior Sierra Hyland (Visalia, Calif./El Diamante HS) earned her second straight and third Big West Softball Pitcher of the Week award this season, striking out 31 hitters in 26.0 innings and setting a school career strikeout record in the process.
Hyland also collected her 14th career Pitcher of the Week honor, tying her for second all-time in Big West history with Long Beach State’s Brooke Turner (2008-11). She is just one away from tying the record holder, Erin Jones-Wesley, who had 15 citations from 2011-14 with Long Beach State.
Hyland surpassed former Cal Poly career strikeout leader Desarie Knipfer (1995-98) as she fanned Stanford right fielder Lauren Bertoy with one out in the bottom of the first. She then whiffed Cardinal catcher Montana Dixon with one out in the second to record her 800th career strikeout, the first Mustang to do so and only the second in Big West history. She finished with eight strikeouts in a four-hit, complete game shutout in a 1-0 victory over the Cardinal.
She began the Stanford Easton Classic with 14 strikeouts in a three-hit complete game shutout of Grand Canyon (1-0). In that game, Hyland became the school’s all-time wins leader with No. 65.
She tossed a complete-game, two-hitter to defeat Connecticut, 3-0. Her only blemish of the week came in a relief appearance against Grand Canyon, in which she threw 5.0 innings, allowing four hits and two runs (one earned) in a 5-4 loss.
Hyland allowed just 13 hits and walked four with one earned run in her 26.0 innings of work, posting a minuscule 0.27 ERA.
Others nominated: Daphne Pofek (CSUN); Devyn Magnett (Long Beach State); Katie Kibby (UC Davis); Haley Marschall (UC Riverside); Veronika Galvin (UC Santa Barbara); Dana Thomsen (Hawai‘i)