Schuttish Continues Stellar 2021 Start as Gauchos Split Doubleheader at Stanford

Emily Schuttish (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Emily Schuttish (Photo by Tony Mastres)

STANFORD, Calif. – The UC Santa Barbara softball team ended the weekend at the DeMarini Invitational on a winning note, pulling off the upset over Stanford in their final game of the tournament and earning a split in their doubleheader with the Cardinal on Sunday afternoon at the Boyd & Jill Smith Family Stadium.

The win was the Gauchos' first victory against a Pac-12 opponent since 2012, when they defeated Utah 6-5 in the early season.

Game one: Stanford 9, UCSB 1 (6 innings)

Stanford controlled the first game of the doubleheader from the onset, scoring three runs in the first on singles from Eleni Spirakis and Montana Dixon.

UCSB got on the board in the top of the third when freshman shortstop Madelyn McNally singled on a full count and brought in junior second baseman Maci Fines.

Stanford then added a fourth run in the bottom of the fourth after Sydnee Huff scored after stealing second and advancing to third and home on errors.

Two innings later, the Cardinal piled on five runs to end the game via the run-rule.

Game two: UCSB 3, Stanford 1

UCSB picked up the win in the second game of the afternoon on the back of a three-run third inning and another shutdown performance by Emily Schuttish, who allowed what was just her third earned run of the season and improved to 2-1.

Sydney Steele scored the first run of the game for the Cardinal on a double down the left field line that scored Spirakis, though Steele herself was put out at third after attempting to nab the extra base on the throw.

The Gauchos took the lead in the top of the third with two runners on and two outs, when sophomore centerfielder Tyler Goldstein doubled to left center and brought home freshman right fielder Sam Denehy and freshman catcher Ashley Donaldson.

In the following at-bat, freshman second baseman Nayah Pola singled to right and plated Goldstein to put UCSB ahead 3-1.

Over the next five innings, Schuttish saw out the game by allowing just four hits and only allowing a runner to get as far as second base, as the Napa, Calif. native continues her sensational start to the season and keeps her sub-1.00 ERA, among the top 50 in the country entering the weekend, intact.

UCSB finished with six hits in the program's first victory over a Pac-12 team in nine years, evenly distributed amongst Denehy, Goldstein, Pola, freshman third baseman Korie Thomas, junior left fielder Sammy Fabian, and junior first baseman Rayna Cohen.

The Gauchos take on Utah Valley in a midweek doubleheader on Tuesday for their first home games of 2021. The action begins at Campus Diamond at 12 p.m. and live stats will be available on the website.