UCSB to Close Out Season with Home Series against Cal Poly

Samantha Lujan (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Samantha Lujan (Photo by Tony Mastres)

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The Schedule
Friday, May 11, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. Cal Poly (24-23, 8-10)
Campus Diamond - Santa Barbara, Calif.
All-Time Series Record: 55-54
2017 Series: Cal Poly, 2-1
Last Meeting: Apr. 2, 2017 - UCSB def. CP, 4-0
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Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. Cal Poly
Senior Day

The Week Ahead
The UC Santa Barbara softball team looks to wrap up the season on a high-note with a three-game series against Blue-Green rival Cal Poly at Campus Diamond this weekend. The Gauchos and Mustangs begin play with a single game on Friday, May 11 at 3:00 p.m. followed by a doubleheader on Saturday, May 12 beginning at 1:00 p.m. 

The Week in Review
UCSB is coming off a three-game series at UC Riverside where they were swept by the Highlanders. In the series opener, the Gauchos raced out to a 4-0 lead behind a leadoff homerun from Maci Fines and RBIs from Rayna Cohen, Kayla Krantz and Alyssa Lazatin. UCR responded with seven runs, however, in the bottom of the first to take over the lead, but the Gauchos scored three more to tie the game in the second. From there, the Highlanders added two in the second and three in the fourth to take a 12-7 lead. UCSB scored four in the sixth on a Samantha Lujan grand slam, but the rally came up short in the 13-11 defeat. UCR completed the sweep with a 9-3 win in the nightcap on Saturday and a 14-0 rout on Sunday.

Blue-Green Rivalry Matchup
The much anticipated Blue-Green Rivalry series between UCSB and Cal Poly will take place this weekend at UCSB. The Gauchos hold a one-game edge in the all-time series, 55-54, while the Mustangs took two out of three from UCSB last season. This year, the Mustangs are 24-23 overall and 8-10 in the Big West but have won six of their last 10 games, including one apiece against No. 17 Long Beach State and conference leader Cal State Fullerton. Senior utility Stephanie Heyward leads the offense with a .318 batting average to go along with 21 runs scored and 15 RBIs. In the circle, Lindsey Chalmers is 19-9 with a 2.24 ERA. 

Thank You Seniors!
Following the conclusion of Saturday's regular season finale, seniors Samantha Lujan and Lena Mayer will be recognized for their dedication and contribution to the UCSB softball program over the past four years. Both Mayer and Lujan are four-year letterwinners and were a part of a 2017 team that won over 30 games and advanced to the Inaugural Postseason National Invitational Classic. 

Doing Just Fine
Since Big West Conference play began, there hasn't been a hotter freshman at the plate than utility Maci Fines. The Elk Grove, Calif. native is batting .397 (23-for-58) and recently hit her first career homerun to leadoff the series opener against UC Riverside. In the past two series alone, Fines is batting .550 (11-for-20) with three, three-hit games during that time. She has also shown a clutch gene as she has been a part of all three walk-off victories for UCSB this season.  

By the Numbers
Through 51 games, UCSB is batting .269 (366-for-1,359), good for fourth best in the Big West Conference, while averaging 3.7 runs per game. The Gauchos have 22 homeruns and 85 extra base hits along with a .339 on-base percentage and a .370 slugging percentage. Opponents have scored 6.2 runs per game against UCSB. The Gauchos' pitching staff has a 4.90 ERA as a group, having allowed 234 earned runs in 334.0 innings pitched with 186 strikeouts. 

Fabulous Freshmen
Freshmen Sammy Fabian, Rayna Cohen, Maci Fines and Alyssa Lazatin have made immediate impacts for the Gauchos this season and are four of the top seven hitters, statistically speaking, in the lineup. Fabian recently regained the team lead with a .340 batting average (51-for-150) after going 18-for-49 (.367) in the past 12 games. Cohen is hitting .299 (35-for-117) to go along with two homeruns and 23 RBIs. Fines has been extremely hot since conference play began and has upped her overall average to .289 while Lazatin is batting .233.

In the Circle
Freshman Emily Schuttish has continued to impress in the circle for UCSB and leads the team with a 3.78 ERA. In 76.0 innings pitched, Schuttish has a 3-7 record with a team-high seven complete games along with 47 strikeouts. Felisha Noriega leads the team with 100.2 innings pitched and picked up her team-leading sixth win of the season last Saturday against CSUN. She is also tied with Schuttish with 47 strikeouts. Veronika Gulvin (5-11, 5.78 ERA) and Lena Mayer (4-8, 5.25 ERA) have pitched 76.1 innings and 66.2 innings, respectively, to round out the staff.