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SAN LUIS OBISPO – One day after earning six individual All-Big West Conference honors, the Cal Poly softball program saw senior righthander Sierra Hyland (below) named to the NFCA All-West Region first team on Thursday while junior righthander Lindsey Chalmers (above) earned second team recognition.
Hyland (22-12), named Big West Conference Pitcher of the Year on Wednesday for a second time during her standout career, became the Cal Poly program's first four-time all-region selection. She remains the only Mustang to have won all-region honors more than twice.
Chalmers (13-7), named to the All-Big West first team on Wednesday alongside Hyland, earned her first career all-region honor.
The NFCA West Region comprises programs from the Big West, Pac-12, Mountain West and West Coast Conferences.
Hyland currently ranks sixth among NCAA Division I pitchers in ERA (1.00), 10th in shutouts (10), 14th in strikeouts (249), 23rd in hits allowed per seven innings (4.34) and 53rd in walks allowed per seven innings (1.36) and strikeouts per seven innings (7.4). Among Big West Pitchers, Hyland remains the leader with her 22 victories and 237.1 innings pitched. A two-time USA National Collegiate Player of the Week selection and five-time Big West Pitcher of the Week honoree in 2017, Hyland features a 5.4-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio, averages 1.1 strikeouts per inning and has produced seven double-digit strikeout games. This season alone, Hyland established a new Big West career strikeout record (currently 940) and new Cal Poly program records for victories (80), appearances (157), starts (118), innings pitched (918.0), shutouts (36) and saves (six)
Hyland requires just 14 more strikeouts to match her own Cal Poly single season record of 263, set in 2014.
Chalmers currently ranks 40th among NCAA Division I pitchers in ERA (1.58) and 30th in hits allowed per seven innings (4.63). Also third among Big West pitchers with a .184 opposing batting average, Chalmers has conceded just 11 earned runs in her last 54.0 innings. She's struck out a career best nine hitters in a seven-inning game four times in 2017 and 10 in nine innings versus Long Beach State (April 14).
Enjoying its highest win total in eight years, Cal Poly (35-19) faces Nevada (30-24) in the National Invitational Softball Championship postseason tournament Region 1 title matchup on Thursday. First pitch from Pacific's Bill Simoni Field is 12 noon. In the double-elimination format, Cal Poly would need to be defeated twice by Nevada.
The Region 1 winner advances to the six-team NISC championship, hosted by a yet-to-be-determined school May 21-24.