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Hyland Picked Fourth Overall In National Pro Fastpitch Draft


Cal Poly senior pitcher Sierra Hyland became the first Big West draftee in the National Pro Fastpitch draft in eight years Monday, going fourth overall to the two-time defending champion Chicago Bandits.

Hyland is the second Big West player drafted into the NPF in conference history, joining fellow Mustang Melissa Pura who was drafted in the fourth round (17th overall) in 2009. Hyland is also the second-highest draftee in any sport in Cal Poly athletics history.

The Big West Conference's all-time strikeout leader (909) and the only player in Cal Poly program history to record three 200-strikeout seasons, Hyland also currently leads Big West pitchers with 17 victories, a .165 opposing batting average and 191.0 innings pitched. A two-time NFCA National Pitcher of the Week selection this year, Hyland features a 8.1.1-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio, averages 1.15 strikeouts per inning and has produced seven double-digit strikeout games.

A record 16-time Big West Pitcher of the Week selection during her career, Hyland also ranks second in Big West history with with 151 career appearances, fourth with 871.2 innings pitched and eighth with 75 victories.

The NPF begins its 2017 campaign on Thursday, June 1.