Cal Poly softball freshman pitcher Sierra Hyland has been named the Big West Softball Pitcher of the Year along with winning Freshman Pitcher of the Year and all-conference first team honors on Tuesday.
Hyland is the fourth player to win both Big West Pitcher of the Year and Freshman Pitcher of the Year in the same season, and she is a top-10 finalist for the inaugural NFCA Division I Freshmen of the Year. She leads all freshmen in the nation in wins (26).
Over the season, she broke single-season school records for innings pitched (264 1⁄3), appearances (42), starts (32), shutouts (13) and strikeouts (263). She threw a no-hitter March 22 against Maryland and a perfect game March 29 against Cal State Northridge.
Chloe Wurst, Mariah Cochiolo, Kim Westlund, Jillian Andreson and Emily Ceccacci were named to the second team for the Mustangs, and Courtney Tyler joined Hyland on the all-freshman team as the Mustangs finished the season 33-19 and tied for second in the Big West Conference.
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Long Beach State’s Kim Sowder and Shayna Kimbrough took home Coach of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, respectively, while Missy Taukeiaho of Cal State Fullerton earned Player of the Year.
Cal Poly 6, Saint Mary’s 5
John Schuknecht tripled to drive in two runs in the fourth inning, and Brett Barbier added a pinch-hit, two-run single in the seventh to lead the No. 6 Mustangs (42-10) to a nonleague road victory.
Danny Zandona pitched the first five innings and allowed two runs and four hits to go with three strikeouts.
Schuknecht’s triple off the left-center field wall gave Cal Poly a 3-2 lead in the top of the fourth. Schuknecht scored on Mark Mathias’ safety squeeze later in the inning to put the Mustangs up 4-2.
In the seventh, Zach Zehner singled up the middle and advanced to second after Jimmy Allen was hit by pitch. Barbier followed with his two-run single.
Saint Mary’s scored three runs in the seventh to make it 6-5, but Michael Dingilian and Taylor Chris combined for two scoreless innings in relief.
Brian Mundell and Zehner each had two hits for the Mustangs.
Cal Poly men’s tennis coach Nick Carless was awarded the Wilson/ITA Southwest Region Coach of the Year, beating out coaches from the Pac-12, Mountain West and West Coast Conference.
This season, Carless coached the Mustangs to their second appearance in the NCAA Tournament as they won the Big West championship.
Cal Poly faced UCLA in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday and lost 4-0.