Cal Poly pitcher Sierra Hyland fans her way to USA Softball Player of the Week

March 01, 2016, 4:52 p.m. (ET)


OKLAHOMA CITY — After posting a .60 ERA with 37 strikeouts during four appearances at the Libby Matson Tournament, Cal Poly junior Sierra Hyland (Visalia, Calif.) has been selected as the Week 3 USA Softball Collegiate National Player of the Week, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball announced today.  The pitcher went 3-0 with a save in the circle, garnering her ninth career and second-consecutive Big West Conference Pitcher of the Week honors. 

“Weekend-by-weekend, I’ve been working on my mental game and staying strong with every pitch and every inning to succeed,” said Hyland.  “I’ve added a few more pitches this season and that’s helped throw the batters off.  As a team, if we keep our energy and our will strong, I feel things will keep going well for us.  We’ve done a good job bouncing back from adversity this year.  I’d like to thank ASA/USA Softball for their recognition.”

Hyland opened the Libby Matson Tournament with 11 strikeouts while allowing just one earned run in a 3-2 win over Purdue.  Hyland returned the following day to strikeout 10 Cal State Bakersfield batters while allowing just two hits during a complete game, 5-0 shutout win.  During the Mustang’s second game of the doubleheader, Hyland earned her second save of the season as she fanned six Purdue hitters to help lead her team to a 5-3 win.  Hyland would close out tournament play with another 10 strikeout performance in a 3-1 victory over tournament hosts Pacific.

For the week, Hyland allowed just 13 hits, six walks and two runs while holding opponents to a .157 batting average in 23 and one-third innings.  Hyland helped out her cause at the plate, finishing the weekend with a .313 (5-for-16) batting average, one run scored, two RBI and one walk.

“Sierra has worked really hard in the offseason both offensively and defensively,” said Cal Poly Head Coach Jenny Condon.  “Her willingness to do whatever it takes for the team has helped both the team and herself. She's really focused on the process instead of the result. She's more composed and relaxed in the circle than she has been in the past.  Ally Carda has been a great addition to our staff and helped Sierra and our pitching staff tremendously."

This is the first USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week award for Hyland, who leads all Big West pitchers in opposing batting average (.177) and innings pitched (69).  This is also the first USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week honors for an athlete from Cal Poly.

Cal Poly returns to action this weekend as hosts of the Mustang Classic, where they will face Weber State, Toledo and Saint Peter’s.

2016 USA Softball National Collegiate Players of the Week
Week 1 (Feb. 11-14): Lexie Elkins – Louisiana-Lafayette - Senior - Catcher – Victoria, Texas

Week 2 (Feb. 15-21): Jailyn Ford – James Madison - Senior - Pitcher – Hot Springs, Va.

Week 3 (Feb. 22-28): Sierra Hyland – Cal Poly - Junior - Pitcher – Visalia, Calif.

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