STOCKTON – Junior second baseman Ashley Tornio broke a 1-1 deadlock with her one-out, two-run double in the top of the seventh inning and junior righthander Sierra Hyland struck out 10 as the Cal Poly softball team closed the Pacific-hosted Libby Matson Tournament Sunday with a 3-1 victory against the Tigers at Bill Simoni Field.
Winners of six straight, Cal Poly (11-4) saw its first seven hitters retired in order until senior right fielder Betsy Colburn singled with one down in the third. After sophomore shortstop Chelsea Convissar reached on a fielder's choice and stole second, Mustang sophomore designated player Stephanie Heyward produced a run-scoring single to center field.
Hyland (7-2) struck out five Pacific hitters through the opening three innings before the Tigers equalized in the fourth through second baseman Nicole Zapotoczny's leadoff home run.
After notching its opening run, Cal Poly was limited to three hits until the seventh inning, when freshman pincher hitter Megan Nordin followed Hyland's leadoff single with her first collegiate double. Tornio then doubled the next pitch from Tigers starting righthander Marissa Young (3-3) into center field to hand Cal Poly the 3-1 advantage.
Hyland, who leads all NCAA Division I pitchers with 104 strikeouts and produced her fifth double-digit strikeout performance of 2016, conceded one hit to Pacific in the bottom of the seventh to preserve victory.
Cal Poly returns to action when hosting its annual Mustang Classic tournament at Bob Janssen Field March 4-6. Cal Poly opens its portion of the tournament on Friday, March 4 versus Weber State (3 p.m.) and Toledo (5:30 p.m.).