UCSB Travels to Albuquerque for Susan Craig Classic

(Photo by Tony Mastres)
(Photo by Tony Mastres)

• The Schedule

All games at Lobo Softball Field in Albuquerque, N.M.

All times Pacific

 

Friday, Feb. 14, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

UC Santa Barbara vs. Northern Colorado

All-Time Record vs. the Bears: 3-2

Last Meeting: March 13, 2017: Northern Colorado 7, UCSB 1

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Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.

UC Santa Barbara vs. Northern Colorado

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Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

UC Santa Barbara at New Mexico

All-Time Record vs. the Lobos: 4-4

Last Meeting: Feb. 8, 2015: New Mexico 6, UCSB 3

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Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.

UC Santa Barbara vs. Northern Colorado

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Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020 at 11:30 a.m.

UC Santa Barbara at New Mexico

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• Live Stats Available for All Games

All of the games this weekend at the 2020 Susan Craig Classic will have live stats available. Click any of the individual game links above or on the softball schedule page to be taken to the live stats page.

 

• The Gaucho Rewind: Week One

The Gauchos started out the season at the NorCal Kickoff in Davis and Sacramento, Calif., winding up with a 1-4 record through the first five games of the new season. The Gauchos' maiden win came against Santa Clara, in which sophomore pitcher Alyssa Molina pitched a complete-game shutout, allowing seven hits over seven innings while walking two batters and striking out three. UCSB recorded nine hits twice over the weekend, both in their season-opening extra-innings loss to Idaho State and in their win against Santa Clara, with junior outfielder Sammy Fabian leading the way with six hits.

 

• Looking Ahead at the Susan Craig Classic

Both New Mexico and Northern Colorado are off to losing starts in their 2020 campaigns. New Mexico traveled to Grand Canyon and came away with a 2-3 record, but they managed to defeat Stanford 2-0 in their third game at the tournament. Northern Colorado's opening weekend took place at the Hawai'i Paradise Classic in Honolulu, and the Bears were only able to muster a single win, coming in their third game against Memphis, 6-5. They were blanked and run-ruled twice, dropping games against Hawai'i, Iowa State, and Memphis.

 

• Getting Going at the Plate

Several Gauchos had good weekends at the plate, including reliable junior left fielder Sammy Fabian, who co-leads the team with 6 hits and is batting .375 through the first five games. Sharing the lead in hits is sophomore right fielder Ally Nodohara, who has put together six hits in nine at-bats, good for a .667/.667/.667 slash line. Speaking of power, senior first baseman Sierra Altmeyer drove in four runs on three hits this past weekend, while earning four walks in 16 plate appearances. She also only struck out once throughout the tournament and holds a .500 on-base percentage.

 

• Pitching Report

Both pitchers Alyssa Molina and Emily Schuttish had a solid debut weekend. Molina completed a game for the team's first win against Santa Clara, throwing 82 strikes for an impressive 70.7% strike rate, all while facing 30 batters. Schuttish finished the tournament as one of the Big West pitching leaders in several statistical categories, including the eighth-best ERA (3.23), fourth-least runs allowed (4), and tied for sixth-least hits allowed (8). As a staff, the team ERA is 4.69, good for fourth in the conference.

 

• Welcome to the Show

Infielders Korie Thomas and Hannah Damore, outfielder Sam Denehy, and freshman pitcher Lexi Campbell all made their Division I debuts this past weekend at the NorCal Kickoff. Thomas played in four games and had eight at-bats, earning a walk in the season opener against Idaho State. Denehy played in three games and stepped up to the plate twice, while Damore made her debut pinch hitting for third baseman Kayla Krantz in the sixth inning of the final game of the weekend against Sacramento State. In the circle, Lexi Campbell started the first two games against Idaho State and Cal Baptist, as well as the Sac State game. She pitched a total of 9.1 innings, striking out 10.

 

• All-Conference Accolades

At the end of the 2019 campaign, Sammy Fabian and Teah Thies landed on the All-Big West First Team and Freshman Team, respectively. Fabian ended the year with a seven-game hit streak, posting a .404 batting average for the year – the third-highest in program history – and making her just the third Gaucho ever to bat over .400 for a season. She also led the team in a majority of offensive categories, including runs (24), hits (67), doubles (8), stolen bases (9), on base percentage (.431) and slugging (.464). Teah Thies was the Gauchos' leader in RBIs with 17 last season. The Laguna Hills, Calif. native appeared in all 52 games for the Gauchos, ranking top-five on the team in hits (36), runs (14), doubles (4) and triples (2). Her 17 RBIs were also good for sixth among Big West freshmen.