• The Schedule
UC Santa Barbara vs. San Diego State (Campus Diamond)
Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. PT
Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. PT
Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. PT
Watch: Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3
• The Gaucho Rewind: Week Seven
G24: UCSB 9, Cal Poly 8: Cal Poly came back from a 7-3 deficit in the top of the seventh, but the Gauchos had a comeback of their own in the bottom half of the frame as a perfectly placed bunt by Maci Fines tied the game back up and a double to left field by Teah Thies ended the game in a thrilling open to the Blue-Green Rivalry.
G25: UCSB 7, Cal Poly 6: Thanks to a four-run second inning and a three-run fourth-inning, the Gauchos led throughout in the second game of the day but Cal Poly made things interesting towards the end, though UCSB was able to hang on to claim the series win.
G26: UCSB 9, Cal Poly 6: Emily Schuttish earned her sixth win of the season and Lexi Campbell protected it with her second save of the year as Big West batting leader Madelyn McNally had a three-hit day and five others had a pair of hits apiece. The win completed the Gauchos' first sweep of the season.
• Scouting the Opposition: San Diego State
The Aztecs are 15-11 on the season with a 3-6 mark in conference play. San Diego State has won all but one of its five contests against Big West opposition this season, having played Cal State Fullerton and UC Davis and falling to Fullerton in its only loss. Riley Theis, sister of UCSB catcher Teah Thies, leads the team with a .333 batting average while Maggie Balint carries a 10-5 record in the circle with a 2.28 ERA in 92 innings pitched.
• Gauchos in the Conference and National Ranks
The Gauchos are in the top half in several statistical categories both at the conference and national level. The team's .300 batting average is third in the Big West and 50th in the NCAA. Individually, Madelyn McNally leads the Big West and is 20th in Division-I softball with a .471 batting average, and her on-base percentage of .526 is second in the league. Additionally, her 41 hits are good for first in the conference and 26th in the country, and her three triples also lead the Big West this season while ranking 24th-most in the NCAA.
• Sensational Schuttish
Emily Schuttish has been the ace in the circle for the blue and gold this season. The junior carries a 3.01 ERA through 69.2 innings pitched, with her workload being the highest on the team by a 40-inning margin. Her overall performance has been excellent, but her success shines when taking a look at each of her wins individually:
2/27 at San Diego (7-3): pitched eight innings, seven scoreless, allowed eight hits, struck out three
3/7 at Stanford (3-1): pitched seven innings, allowed just one earned run, helped UCSB defeat a Pac-12 team for the first time since 2012
3/9 vs Utah Valley (7-3): pitched seven innings, allowed four hits, struck out five
3/20 at Hawai'i (7-0): pitched seven innings, allowed three hits and no runs
3/26 at UC San Diego (10-4): pitched seven innings, allowed seven hits and four runs, struck out four
4/3 vs Cal Poly (9-6): pitched five and a third innings, allowed nine hits and three earned runs
• 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.