After two straight weeks of rainouts invoked by nine inches of rain in Santa Barbara in the past week, the UCSB softball team (6-6 overall) looks to break out of the .500 mark Saturday with a doubleheader against Saint Mary’s College (1-7 overall), if weather permits.
First pitch is scheduled for Saturday at noon, while the second game is slated to begin at 2 p.m., both at Campus Diamond.
Two weekends ago the Gauchos made up two games in Las Vegas after a rain delay, and only played one game when they hosted the Commercial Capital Invitational last weekend.
“I think everyone in the country is dealing with a lot of rainouts,” UCSB Head Coach Kristy Schroeder said. “A lot of other teams are in the same position we are in and granted you want to get out and play all the time, but you have to deal with what’s handed to you and do the best you can. I don’t think it’s set us back, we’ve still had quality practice, and if nothing else, it’s given us time to rest all the injuries we’ve had.”
Sophomore pitcher Jennifer Davis is scheduled to take the mound for the first game against the Gaels. Davis is 2-1 on the year, with one converted save opportunity. In her sole game of last weekend’s tournament, Davis threw a complete game, pitching a five-hit shutout and striking out her 253rd batter of the year — placing her eighth in Gaucho history. Davis was selected Big West Pitcher of the Week on Tuesday for her excellence both in the pitcher’s circle and at the plate.
“I was real happy with how we played last week, because it’s always difficult when the weather is bad,” Schroeder said. “Originally we cancelled the games, but the field was coming into shape and the sun was coming out. I’m happy with our performance at the plate and our solid defense. Jenn also did nice job on the mound against Missouri.”
Sophomore pitcher Carly Harmon is scheduled to throw game two to complete the doubleheader. Harmon’s record currently stands at 1-2 for the season.
“I feel pretty confident against Saint Mary’s,” Schroeder said. “We played them in the fall and fared pretty well. If we play our game, hopefully we will come out with a win.”