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Cal Poly softball team has four players receive all-Big West Conference recognition

Cal Poly utility player Stephanie Heyward received first-team all-Big West Conference recognition Wednesday afternoon.
Cal Poly utility player Stephanie Heyward received first-team all-Big West Conference recognition Wednesday afternoon. ldickinson@thetribunenews.com

Cal Poly softball standouts Sierra Hyland and Stephanie Heyward were honored by the Big West Conference for their consistently strong performances this spring when the all-conference teams were announced Wednesday afternoon.

Hyland received first-team all-conference recognition for the second straight year despite missing several games with a hand injury. The junior right-hander led the Big West with a 1.19 ERA, ranked second with 194 strikeouts and her 15 victories were the fifth-most in the conference.

Hyland also led the Mustangs in doubles (nine), home runs (three) and RBI (29).

Heyward turned in a breakout sophomore season and received first-team all-conference honors as a utility player. She primarily played third base and pitched in 11 games to help fill the void when Hyland was injured.

Heyward hit a team-high .390 and was one of four Cal Poly players to start all 50 games. She led the Mustangs in nearly every offensive category, including at-bats (159), runs (31), hits (62) and triples (four).

Sophomore pitcher Lindsey Chalmers and senior first baseman Breana West received honorable mention accolades. Chalmers pitched 13 complete games with a 3.27 ERA and was relied on heavily during Hyland’s absence.

West, also a 50-game starter, tied for the team lead with nine doubles and 17 RBI and owned a .306 batting average.

Conference champion Cal State Fullerton swept the top individual honors with Missy Taukeiaho earning Big West Player of the Year accolades. Desiree Ybarra was named the Big West Pitcher of the Year, and Kelly Ford earned Big West Coach of the Year honors.

Titans pitcher Sydney Golden was picked as the Big West Freshman of the Year.

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