SANTEE – Junior righthander Sierra Hyland struck out 10 Seattle hitters and freshman catcher Makenna Young swatted her first collegiate home run as the Cal Poly softball program opened the San Diego Classic II and a Saturday doubleheader with a 6-1 victory. Despite a complete-game, five-hitter from sophomore righthander Lindsey Chalmers during game No. 2, however, the Mustangs dropped a 5-1 decision to host San Diego State.
During Saturday's opening victory versus Seattle (10-14), Cal Poly (16-7) grabbed the game's lone lead in the bottom of the first inning as junior left fielder Courtney Tyler followed sophomore designated player Stephanie Heyward's leadoff triple with a run-scoring single up the middle.
Provided the early lead, Hyland returned in the top of the second to strike out the Seattle side. She added another in the third before striking out the side once more in the fourth. After conceding Seattle's second hit of the game in the third, Hyland retired 11 of the final 12 hitters she faced before giving way to Heyward.
Hyland's 10-strikeout performance marked her eighth double-digit strikeout game in 13 starts this year.
The Mustangs doubled their lead in the third as sophomore center fielder Amanda Sandoval followed a one-out double from Heyward with a RBI double of her own to left center. After Young singled up the middle in the fourth to plate junior second baseman Ashley Tornio for Cal Poly's third run, senior first baseman Breana West placed Cal Poly up 4-0 in the fifth with a sacrifice fly that brought home Heyward.
Cal Poly rounded off the scoring in sixth with Young homering to left center to bring home Tornio.
Heyward (above) enjoyed a game high three hits for Cal Poly.
During Saturday's second game versus San Diego State (17-10), Chalmers (6-4) allowed just one hit and failed to allow an Aztec baserunner past first through the opening three innings. In the bottom of the fourth, however, Aztec catcher Jenavee Peres singled before a Heyward throwing error on a potential inning-ending grounder from designated player Frankie Orlando placed two San Diego State baserunners in scoring position. Chalmers then hit Aztec first baseman Sydnee Cable before left fielder Katie Byrd belted a grand slam to center field.
Despite collecting four hits through the opening four innings, Cal Poly itself advanced just one baserunner into scoring position until the fifth, when Young reached on an error to lead off, sophomore shortstop Chelsea Convissar singled and Sandoval drew a walk to load the bases. Tyler then brought home Young with a groundout to cut Cal Poly's deficit to 4-1.
After allowing the grand slam, Chalmers retired San Diego State in order in the fifth, but conceded a run-scoring fielder's choice to Orlando in the bottom of the sixth.
Chalmers failed to walk a batter in the 5-1 defeat.
Cal Poly closes its four-game stretch at the San Diego Classic II on Sunday, March 20 versus Ohio State (9 a.m.) and San Diego (2 p.m.).