A strong week for the Cal Poly baseball team allowed the Mustangs to creep up in a pair of major Division I polls Monday.
Cal Poly moved up one spot to No. 6 in both the Baseball America and Perfect Game rankings after defeating Pepperdine in a mid-week game and taking two of three from Big West Conference-leading UC Irvine. The Mustangs (41-10, 16-5) stayed fifth in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll and sixth in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll. Collegiate Baseball dropped Cal Poly one spot to No. 12.
The Mustangs, who trail the Anteaters (15-3) by a half-game in the conference, round out the regular season with a game today at St. Mary’s and a three-game series starting Friday at Cal State Northridge.
Hyland earns sixth Big West award
The Cal Poly softball team’s season might have come to a close without a postseason berth, but not without freshman pitching phenom Sierra Hyland raking in another Big West Conference Pitcher of the Week award.
The conference bestowed the honor to Hyland for the sixth time this season after the right-hander didn’t allow a run in 19 1⁄3 innings in Cal Poly’s series win over UC Riverside.
Hyland tossed a pair of 3-0 victories last week, and came on to throw five-plus innings of scoreless relief in a 2-1 loss that eliminated the Mustangs from the Big West title race. She is one of 10 finalists for the NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year award, and set Cal Poly single-season records for strikeouts (263) and shutouts (13).
Hyland’s six pitcher of the week awards are tied for third in conference history. Long Beach State’s Brooke Turner holds the record with eight in 2008.