SAN LUIS OBISPO – Junior righthander Sierra Hyland tossed a complete-game, five-hitter as the Cal Poly softball program opened its final series of the year and a Friday afternoon doubleheader by bettering UC Riverside at Bob Janssen Field, 3-1. Cal Poly completed the Friday sweep with a 2-1 win in game No. 2 as sophomore righthander Lindsey Chalmers (above) struck out three Highlanders in a complete-game, five-hitter.
During Friday's opening victory, Cal Poly (26-23, 9-11) claimed the only lead of the game in the bottom of the first inning. With sophomore Stephanie Heyward on third, Hyland on second and two down, UC Riverside starting righthander Tayler Misfeldt (21-15) unleashed a wild pitch. Heyward scored while Hyland reached home after Misfeldt mishandled the throw from the backstop by catcher Chelsea Holley.
The Mustangs then pushed their lead to 3-0 in the second as Heyward singled up the middle with two down to score junior left fielder Courtney Tyler.
In the circle, Hyland (14-7) kept UC Riverside (32-21-1, 8-12) to just two hits through the opening three innings. Holley hit Hyland's first pitch of the fourth inning over the left field wall to cut UC Riverside's deficit to 3-1, but Hyland conceded just two more hits the remainder of the game.
During Friday's second game, UC Riverside took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first as leadoff hitter and right fielder Maddy Richard reached on a full-count walk before scoring through a two-out triple from Holley.
Cal Poly, however, tied the game immediately with senior first baseman Breana West scoring Heyward after lining a two-out double over the head of Highlanders center fielder Jenna Curtan. Helping move Heyward into scoring position before West's triple was sophomore center fielder Amanda Sandoval, who matched Stephanie Tam's 2007 single season program record with her 20th sacrifice bunt of the year.
Following the first inning, Chalmers (10-11) allowed just four Highlanders into scoring position and two as far as third base the remainder of the game.
Cal Poly provided Chalmers the lead in the third as a two-out Sandoval single placed Mustangs at the corner bases before Hyland produced her first sacrifice fly of the year to plate sophomore shortstop Chelsea Convissar.
Having retired the Highlanders in order during the second and fifth innings, Chalmers stranded left fielder Stephanie Tickemyer on third base after forcing a game-ending lineout from Richard.
Cal Poly closes its series versus UC Riverside and the 2016 season with a 1 p.m. matchup on Saturday, May 14.