SAN LUIS OBISPO – Junior righthander Sierra Hyland pitched a complete-game, two-hit shutout and junior left fielder Courtney Tyler's run-scoring infield single in the bottom half of the sixth inning provided the decisive margin as the Cal Poly softball team closed a three-game series against CSUN Sunday afternoon with a 1-0 victory at Bob Janssen Field.
Held hitless until sophomore third baseman Stephanie Heyward singled with one down in the third, the Mustangs (21-20, 4-8) received a two-out double from Tyler in the fourth and a two-out single by sophomore shortstop Chelsea Convissar in the fifth before finally grabbing the game's only run in the bottom of the sixth.
Sophomore center fielder Amanda Sandoval opened the sixth with a single up the middle before CSUN starting righthander Daphne Pofek (14-6) hit Mustang senior first baseman Breana West. Tyler then produced a grounder to the right of Pofek, who reached across her body to field the ball. The ball clipped her glove and caromed away from Matador shortstop Tara Kliebenstein while Sandoval scored the game's only run from second base.
Hyland (11-4), meanwhile, retired six of the first seven hitters faced. During the top of the third, she walked left fielder Katelyn Hooper before conceding successive singles to right fielder Mackenzie Babbitt and center fielder Taylor Glover. Hyland, however, forced a pop up from shortstop Savannah Horvath and a fly out from Karlie Habitz to strand three Matador baserunners.
Following the third, Hyland – who struck out three – failed to allow a hit or a Matador baserunner past second. Ranked second in Cal Poly program history for shutouts, Sunday's win marked Hyland's 25th as a Mustang.
The win also marked Cal Poly's third 1-0 Big West victory during the last six conference games.
Cal Poly closes an eight-game home stand with a three-game April 30-May 1 series versus UC Davis.