LOS ANGELES – Senior righthander Sierra Hyland tossed a complete-game, one-hitter with nine strikeouts and the Cal Poly softball program scored three times in the fifth inning to open the Loyola Marymount Tournament on Friday morning with a 3-1 triumph versus No. 9 Oklahoma. Cal Poly completed the Friday sweep in game No. 2 as junior righthander Lindsey Chalmers (above) and freshman righthander Steffi Best combined to toss a complete-game, one-hitter with seven total strikeouts in an 11-0, five-inning victory versus Dartmouth.
During Friday's opening victory versus Oklahoma (23-6) – Cal Poly's first in six all-time meetings against the Sooners – Hyland allowed a two-out solo home run to third baseman Sydney Romero in the top of the first inning before retiring the next 18 batters in order.
Hyland, who struck out two batters apiece in the second, third and sixth innings, hit Oklahoma right fielder Fale Aviu with two outs in the top of the seventh, but recovered to strike out center fielder Nicole Pendley to end the game.
With her nine-strikeout total, Hyland improved her career count to 829 and now requires just 16 more strikeouts to overtake UC Santa Barbara's Jennifer Davis (2004-07) for the all-time Big West Conference lead.
Meanwhile, Oklahoma starting righthander Mariah Lopez (8-1) retired the first 12 Mustangs she faced until Hyland singled to begin the fifth inning. Senior left fielder Courtney Tyler followed by drawing a walk before a sacrifice bunt by sophomore right fielder Crimson Kaiser placed two Mustangs in scoring position.
Sophomore catcher Makenna Young produced Cal Poly's first run by singling to right field to score Hyland before freshman first baseman Hailey Martin placed the Mustangs in front with a sacrifice fly that brought home Tyler.
Cal Poly (20-7), which outhit the ninth-ranked Sooners 6-1, produced two more singles in the sixth.
During Friday's second win against Dartmouth (0-10-1), Chalmers (8-2) – who lowered her season ERA to 0.59 and has now allowed just one earned run in her last 38.0 innings – set down the first eight hitters she faced before conceding a two-out single in the bottom of the third to Big Green second baseman Alyssa Jorgensen. Chalmers, however, recovered to get the final out and Best, pitching the final two innings, allowed just one more Dartmouth baserunner the remainder of the day following a Mustang error in the fourth.
Offensively, Cal Poly grabbed the game's only lead in the top of the first inning as Sandoval led off with a walk before moving to third through a bunt single by junior shortstop Chelsea Convissar and eventually scoring on a passed ball by Big Green starting righthander Morgan Ebow (0-4). The next Mustang, junior third baseman Stephanie Heyward, drew a walk before Ebow hit Hyland to load the bases. Ebow then hit Tyler to force home Convissar for a 2-0 Cal Poly lead.
The Mustangs doubled their advantage in the top of the second with Heyward and Hyland producing successive run-scoring hits to bring home, respectively, Sandoval and Convissar.
Cal Poly tacked on two more runs during the third with Martin singling to bring home Tyler before Tornio ran the Mustang lead to 6-0 by producing a sacrifice fly that plated Kaiser.
The Mustangs finally placed the game out of Dartmouth's reach with a five-run fourth inning highlighted by run-scoring singles from Young and freshman Alyssa McKiernan.
Winners of five straight and 14 of its last 15 games, Cal Poly continues LMU Tournament action on Saturday, March 18 with a 9 a.m. rematch versus Oklahoma.