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Cal Poly Hits Way Past Central Michigan, Army in Tournament Openers

Cal Poly Hits Way Past Central Michigan, Army in Tournament Openers

CATHEDRAL CITY – Junior righthander Sierra Hyland tossed a complete-game, five-hit shutout with nine strikeouts Friday afternoon as the Cal Poly softball team began play at the Mary Nutter Collegiate with a 7-0 win against Central Michigan. The Mustangs then swept Friday action with a 7-3 win against Army in game No. 2.

During Friday's 7-0 victory versus Central Michigan inside Big League Dreams Sports Park, Cal Poly (5-2) collected solitary hits during both the first and second innings before scoring all seven runs in the third. Sophomore designated player Stephanie Heyward singled to lead off and, after moving to second base through a sacrifice bunt from sophomore center fielder Amanda Sandoval, scored the eventual winning run as junior left fielder Courtney Tyler singled. Hyland followed by bringing home Tyler with a run-scoring double.

Still with one out, Mustang senior first baseman Breana West singled. Junior Shawna McDonough was brought on to pinch run and, during an attempted steal, a throwing error by Central Michigan catcher Danielle Marlink helped score Hyland for a 3-0 lead. Freshman catcher Makenna Young followed with a base hit and, after junior second baseman Ashley Tornio drew a walk to load the bases, sophomore shortstop Chelsea Convissar unloaded them with a triple down the right field line.

Two batters later, Sandoval plated Convissar with a run-scoring single for the 7-0 winning margin.

Hyland (3-1), meanwhile, opened the game by striking out the Central Michigan side in the top of the first and limiting the Chippewas to just a solitary hit through the opening four innings. Just once did Central Michigan move a runner into scoring position as third baseman Taylor Lewallen led off the sixth with a double. Chippewas center fielder Sara Hansen then lined into a double play to end any scoring threat.

During Friday's second game against Army, Cal Poly never trailed as a two-out, run-scoring single by Tyler brought home Convissar in the bottom of the third inning for 1-0 Mustang lead.

Cal Poly then placed the game out of Army's reach with a four-run fifth inning. Tyler led off the scoring once more, singling up the middle of the infield to score Heyward. With Sandoval on third and Tyler on second, Hyland then homered to left field for a 5-0 advantage.

In the circle, Mustang starting righthander Lindsey Chalmers kept Army to two hits through the opening five innings and retired the side in the second, fourth and fifth. A two-run double in the top of the sixth from Army shortstop Gladys Esparza-Gallegos helped comprise a three-run sixth, but Chalmers still walked just one in five innings of work to improve to 2-1.

The Mustangs then tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the sixth to finalize the scoreline.

Cal Poly continues Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic play on Saturday, Feb. 20 versus Notre Dame (10 a.m.) and No. 8 UCLA (5:30 p.m.).