Gauchos Face Rainbow Wahine in Hawai'i Friday, Saturday Night

Nayah Pola (Photo by Jeff Liang)
Nayah Pola (Photo by Jeff Liang)

• The Schedule
UC Santa Barbara at Hawai'i (Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium)
Friday, March 19, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. PT
Friday, March 19, 2021 at 9:00 p.m. PT
Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. PT
Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. PT
Live Stats: Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3 | Game 4

• The Gaucho Rewind: Week Four

G12: UCSB 7, Utah Valley 3: UCSB picked up its second-straight win in the opening contest of the day after defeating the Wolverines 7-3 thanks to yet another excellent performance in the circle from junior pitcher Emily Schuttish and a Gaucho offense that exploded for five runs in the fourth inning.

G13: Utah Valley 11, UCSB 1 (5 innings): The visitors turned things around in the second game, and they wasted no time in doing so. Utah Valley scored two runs in both the first and second innings before adding five to their tally in the fourth, three of which came on a bases-loaded triple to deep right center by Linnah Rebolledo. They went on to win the game in five innings via the run-rule.

G14: UCLA 8, UCSB 0 (5 innings): The majority of the scoring took place in the fourth and fifth innings for the Bruins, the third-ranked team in the country at the time, as they opened the day with a run-rule win.

G15: UCLA 8, UCSB 0 (5 innnings): The Bruins took care of business early in the second game as they put on all eight runs in the first three innings.

G16: Loyola Marymount 10, UCSB 2 (5 innings): The Gauchos suffered their fourth loss in a row as they fell 10-2 to LMU at Smith Field. The Lions scored three runs in the bottom of the second, added three more in the third, and tacked on four in the fourth.

• Conference Play Begins
Big West play begins this weekend at Hawai'i, in which the Gauchos will play a three-game series and add a fourth game that will not count towards conference standings. Similar arrangements are in place against UC San Diego, Cal State Fullerton, and Long Beach State. Sandwiched in between league play is a home non-conference series against San Diego State in early April.

• Scouting the Opposition: Hawai'i
The Rainbow Wahine have played just three games in the 2021 season, losing all of them to Washington, including the first two in five innings via the run-rule. Hawai'i has been near the top of the Big West in several power-hitting categories over the last few seasons, including extra-base hits and home runs, and that figures to continue this season. Both Angelique Ramos and Nawai Kaupe hit a home run in the series against the Huskies.

• Gauchos in the Conference and National Ranks
The Gauchos lead several statistical categories both at the conference and national level. The team's .274 batting average is second in the Big West, and its triples per game average (0.5) leads the league. Individually, Madelyn McNally leads the Big West and is 47th in Division-I softball with a .472 batting average, and her on-base percentage of .525 is second in the league, and her 25 hits are good for third in the conference. Her three triples also lead the Big West this season.

• 2020 in Review
The Gauchos finished the COVID-19-shortened 2020 campaign with a 12-16 record. An early trio of losses was offset by a run of four wins in seven games, including a 17-10 eight-inning thriller over Northern Colorado. The team went 1-7 over the ensuing eight contests, but rebounded with a six-game win streak at the Gaucho Classic tournament at home. UCSB dropped three of what would be the final four games of the 2020 season against tough opposition, dropping games to Saint Mary's, Washington, and Notre Dame. Sammy Fabian continued her stellar career in the blue and gold with a .374/.406/.473 slash line, with her batting average leading the team among all players with 35 or more at-bats. Felisha Noriega's 2.38 ERA was tops on the pitching staff, as she allowed 19 earned runs and struck out 40 in 56 innings pitched. Alyssa Molina enjoyed a solid season with a 2.96 ERA, pitching 56.2 innings with 24 earned runs and 39 strikeouts.