SAN LUIS OBISPO – Righthander Sierra Hyland (above) became the Cal Poly softball program's career pitching appearances leader with her 127th game in the circle Friday afternoon and the senior struck out 10 Middle Tennessee State batters in a one-hit effort as the Mustangs opened their 18-game home schedule at Bob Janssen Field and the 2017 ShareSLO Mustang Classic with a 3-0 victory. During Friday's second game, Cal Poly was no-hit by Sacred Heart righthander Kristen McCann, but Mustang sophomore righthander Lindsey Chalmers allowed a career low one hit in a 2-0 Cal Poly victory.
During Friday's home opener versus Middle Tennessee State (8-7), Cal Poly (10-6) staked Hyland (5-4) to the only lead of the game in the bottom of the second inning. With Hyland on third base following a leadoff single, a sacrifice bunt from senior left fielder Courtney Tyler and a base hit by freshman designated player Hailey Martin, Mustang sophomore Crimson Kaiser gave Cal Poly a 1-0 lead by singling to right field.
In the circle, Hyland retired the first six Middle Tennessee hitters she faced before conceding a single to third baseman Kristin Uselton. Hyland ended up striking out the side in the third and allowed just one more Blue Raider baserunner following a Mustang fielding error in the sixth. She retired Middle Tennessee in order during the fourth, fifth and seventh innings.
Hyland, who failed to walk a hitter on her 22nd birthday, surpassed the previous Cal Poly program record of 126 appearances set by Anna Cahn (2008-11). She also moved within a victory of Desarie Knipfer's program career wins record of 64, set between 1995-98.
In command, Hyland and the Mustangs received two more runs in the bottom of the sixth as Tyler and senior pinch runner Shawna McDonough scored on a Blue Raiders throwing error.
During Friday's second victory versus Sacred Heart (3-3), Chalmers (5-2) faced the minimum number of Sacred Heart hitters through the opening two innings before conceding the only hit of the game during the top of the third. Chalmers, however, recovered and finished the game by retiring the final 13 Sacred Heart hitters she faced.
Chalmers, who struck out six against two walks, faced just three hitters over the minimum.
Offensively, Cal Poly opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning. Junior center fielder Amanda Sandoval and senior second baseman Ashley Tornio drew successive leadoff walks and, after both Mustangs moved into scoring position following a Sacred Heart passed ball, Hyland brought home Sandoval with a fielder's choice.
The Mustangs doubled the lead in the third as Sandoval scored for a second time on a Sacred Heart fielding error.
Cal Poly returns to ShareSLO Classic action on Saturday, March 4 with rematches versus Sacred Heart (12:30 p.m.) and Middle Tennessee State (5:30 p.m.).
2017 ShareSLO Mustang Classic
Friday, March 3
Saint Mary's 5, Middle Tennessee State 4
Saint Mary's 2, Sacred Heart 1
Cal Poly 3, Middle Tennessee State 0
Cal Poly 2, Sacred Heart 0
Saturday, March 4
Saint Mary's vs. Sacred Heart, 10 a.m.
Sacred Heart at Cal Poly, 12:30 p.m.
Saint Mary's vs. Middle Tennessee State, 3 p.m.
Middle Tennessee State at Cal Poly, 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 5
Sacred Heart vs. Middle Tennessee State, 10 a.m.
Saint Mary's at Cal Poly, 12:30 p.m.