NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – Senior pitcher Emily Schuttish of the UC Santa Barbara softball team came within an out of recording a no-hitter in her final collegiate regular season game as the Gauchos defeated CSUN 2-0 at Matador Diamond on Saturday afternoon.
After both teams came up empty in the first inning, the Gauchos put the first run on the board in the top of the second, when sophomore right fielder Ally Nodohara singled up the middle to score freshman Lauren Lewis, who pinch-ran for junior first baseman Rayna Cohen after she had reached on a walk.
In the next at-bat, freshman third baseman Ashley Donaldson hit a sac fly to centerfield, bringing in sophomore catcher Teah Thies, who had singled and advanced to third during Nodohara's plate appearance, to go ahead 2-0.
The Gauchos went on to have several chances to build on those runs, including the third inning when freshman shortstop Madelyn McNally tripled to right center with one out, but was left stranded.
In both the fifth and sixth innings, the Gauchos managed to put runners on at first and second – in the fifth through singles by McNally and junior second baseman Maci Fines, and in the sixth off the bats of Nodohara and sophomore centerfielder Tyler Goldstein.
Defensively, the Gauchos kept CSUN shut down all day long. CSUN earned a walk in the second inning, had a hit batter in the fourth, and another walk in the fifth, but never managed to put a runner in scoring position up to that point.
Schuttish and the UCSB defense kept the no-hitter intact heading into the bottom of the seventh, and she quickly took care of Jaymi Steward and Kenedee Jamerson on a strikeout and flyout, respectively, before Paloma Usquiano broke the bid with a single up the middle and an advance to second on a fielding error.
However, Napa, Calif. native was able to seal the deal on the Gauchos' win with a strikeout onto Aaliyah Swan in the next at-bat to end her Division I career on a high note.
Schuttish finished with seven strikeouts and a pair of walks issues in seven innings as she achieved her 11th win of the season, with 65 of her 91 pitches going for strikes.
Thies, McNally, and Nodohara each racked up a pair of hits apiece in the victory.
The Gauchos won seven of their last nine games to end the 2021 campaign with a 15-31 overall record and 12-12 mark in Big West play.