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Softball Concludes Home Schedule Against UC Riverside; Senior Day Ceremony Takes Place Sunday

Emily Schuttish and Rayna Cohen (Photo by Jeff Liang)
Emily Schuttish and Rayna Cohen (Photo by Jeff Liang)

• The Schedule

UC Santa Barbara vs UC Riverside

Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. PT

Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. PT

Sunday, May 9, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. PT

Watch (All Games)

Live Stats: Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3

• Senior Day Sunday

A pregame ceremony will take place prior to team introductions on Sunday honoring the softball program's lone graduating senior in Emily Schuttish. The ceremony will be streamed on BigWest.TV.

• The Gaucho Rewind: Week 12

Game 38: UCSB 2, UC Davis 1: The Gauchos came out on top in a closely contested first matchup of the series thanks to a shutdown performance by junior pitcher Emily Schuttish.

Game 39: UCSB 11, UC Davis 3 (6 innings): UCSB picked up its first run-rule victory of the season as the Gaucho bats came alive in the second game of the day.

Game 40: UC Davis 5, UCSB 2: UCSB led 2-1 after the fourth inning, but UC Davis came back with four runs in the sixth to claim victory and avoid the sweep.

• Scouting the Opposition: UC Riverside

UC Riverside is 7-23 on the season with a 6-15 mark in conference play. The Highlanders have won just two Big West series on the year, defeating Cal Poly and CSUN twice each. Katherine Montuya leads the team with a .307 batting average while Chrys Hildebrand carries a 4-8 record in the circle with a 3.28 ERA in 70.1 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 .283 batting average is fourth in the Big West. Individually, Madelyn McNally is fifth in the Big West and 83rd in Division-I softball with a .410 batting average. Additionally, her 55 hits are good for first in the conference and 38th in the country, while Sammy Fabian has 47 hits on the season, ranking third in the Big West. McNally also has four triples, second-most in the Big West and 26th 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 3.92 ERA through 116.0 innings pitched, with her workload being the highest on the team by a 76.1-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

4/30 vs UC Davis (2-1): pitched seven innings, allowed three hits, struck out a season-high eight

• 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.