Apr 9, 2014 9:41 PM by Bill Halter
After four straight losing seasons the Cal Poly softball team is back on track, thanks in large part to the swing and the swinging right arm of Sierra Hyland. The freshman from Visalia leads the Big West in Wins (18), ERA (1.57) and strikeouts (196). She's also batting .367 with 4 home runs and a team best 25 RBI. "She just comes in and she works hard, she is the most composed pitcher I've probably ever played behind" said senior shortstop Kim Westlund.
Growing up Hyland frequently vacationed in Pismo Beach with her family, "so Cal Poly was her number one choice, we were just greatful that we were in the right place at the right time" said head coach Jenny Condon about recruiting Hyland.
Hyland won 101 games as a four year starting pitcher at El Diamante High School. In 747 innings pitched, she struck out 959 batters and only allowed 2 extra base hits while batting .416 with 28 home runs. She's doing the same things now at Cal Poly. "I just let my catcher call the pitches and it goes from there. Sometimes it doesn't really work out the way I want it to but she makes me look good" said Hyland who never shakes off the catchers sign. "She's just so quiet and humble and unassuming and you know she's a completely different personality when she steps into the circle or the batters box because she's such a big presence" said Condon.
The Mustangs are 3-3 in Big West play and 21-14 overall after going 19-34 last season. Hyland will be back on the mound for a home doubleheader on Saturday against UC Davis (1-5 in Big West). Saturday's action starts at 4:00 P.M. with the series finale set for noon on Sunday.
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