TEMPE, Ariz. – Senior righthander Sierra Hyland struck out five Oregon hitters Sunday, but a two-run third inning from the ninth-ranked Ducks was enough to send the Cal Poly softball program to its first defeat of 2017 as the Mustangs closed play at the Arizona State-hosted Kajikawa Classic with a 3-1 defeat.
Hyland (3-1), who opened the season by tossing a no-hitter versus Purdue on Friday and threw a perfect game against Creighton on Saturday, kept the Ducks (6-0) to just one hit during the opening two innings before Oregon third baseman Jenna Lilley produced a two-run single with one down in the top of the third.
Hyland set the Ducks down in order during the fourth inning but, in the fifth, designated player Alexis Mack pushed Oregon's lead to 3-0 with a run-scoring base hit.
Offensively, Cal Poly stranded three baserunners during the first two innings. The Mustangs then loaded the bases with one out in the fourth inning after senior left fielder Courtney Tyler produced a leadoff single and Oregon reliever Maggie Balint (4-0) hit both Hyland and sophomore first baseman Megan Nordin. Balint, however, struck out both sophomore right fielder Sydney James and senior second baseman Ashley Tornio to end the Mustang threat.
Cal Poly (4-1), which stranded nine total baserunners to Oregon's three, pushed across its lone run in the bottom of the seventh as junior center fielder Amanda Sandoval (above) drew a two-out walk before eventually scoring on an error by Oregon right fielder Danica Mercado.
Cal Poly opens play at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Cathedral City, Calif., on Friday, Feb. 17 with matchups versus Central Florida (3 p.m.) and No. 8 UCLA (5:30 p.m.).