STANFORD – Senior righthander Sierra Hyland struck out eight Stanford hitters Sunday morning to become the Cal Poly softball program's new all-time leader and the Mustangs pushed a run across in the top of the seventh inning to edge the host Cardinal and close the Stanford Easton Classic with a 1-0 win.
Hyland (9-5), who entered Sunday's matchup trailing former Cal Poly career strikeout leader Desarie Knipfer (1995-98) at 798, set a new Mustang program record by striking out Stanford right fielder Lauren Bertoy with one out in the bottom of the first.
She then struck out catcher Montana Dixon with one down in the second to become the first player in program history and just the second pitcher in Big West history to record 800 career strikeouts.
Now with 806 career strikeouts, Hyland requires just 41 more to overtake UC Santa Barbara's Jennifer Davis (1995-98) for the all-time Big West lead.
Offensively on Sunday, Cal Poly (16-7) – winners of 10 of its last 11 games – was kept to two hits until the top of the seventh. Senior left fielder Courtney Tyler drew a four-pitch leadoff walk before moving to second base after junior third baseman Stephanie Heyward successfully laid down a sacrifice bunt. Cardinal starting righthander Carolyn Lee then unfurled a wild pitch that brought Tyler all the way home.
Hyland, who allowed just four hits, then retired Stanford in order during the bottom of the seventh to preserve victory.
Cal Poly returns to action when hosting Northern Colorado for a 2 p.m. doubleheader on Wednesday, March 15.