The Cal Poly softball team couldn’t have asked for a better start to Sierra Hyland’s senior season.
After throwing her fourth career no-hitter during Friday’s season-opening victory against Purdue, the 5-foot-5 right-hander pitched a perfect game Saturday morning in an 8-0 win over Creighton at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz.
Hyland, the 2014 Big West Conference Pitcher of the Year, struck out nine and also went 2-for-3 with three RBI to help the Mustangs secure their third consecutive victory.
It was the second perfect game of Hyland’s decorated collegiate career – she needed only 56 pitches in the five-inning, run-rule victory – and her school-record 91st career start in the circle. She also threw a perfect game as a freshman in 2014, a 1-0 win against CSUN that included 11 strikeouts.
Earlier this month, Hyland became the first Cal Poly player in seven years and one of 50 athletes nationally to earn a spot on the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award watch list. She certainly lived up to that billing on opening weekend.
Later Saturday, the Mustangs beat Western Michigan 2-1 on two RBI from Hyland. She also recorded the win, giving up a run in two innings of relief.
Cal Poly will finish the three-day tournament with a matchup against No. 9-ranked Oregon at 8 a.m. Sunday.