Softball Factory alum and UCLA softball pitcher Rachel Garcia has been named the recipient of the 2018 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award. The redshirt sophomore has been an ace on the mound and an asset at the plate for the Bruins this season, helping to lead UCLA to its fourth-straight NCAA Women’s College World Series appearance.
Her numbers in the circle have been lights out. Garcia currently holds the top ERA (1.02) on the Bruins’ pitching staff and has 273 strikeouts and a 27-3 record to her name this season. The 2018 Pac-12 Player of the Year has tossed 185 innings, 18 complete games and taken part in 11 shutouts, all while holding opposing batters to a .129 average.
When Garcia puts down the ball and picks up a bat her level of play continues to impress everyone. The winner of the 2018 espnW Player of the Year accolade is batting a solid .356, slugging .595 and has recorded 29 runs, 58 hits and six doubles this season. Her 11 home runs and 53 RBI are both the second-most in their respective categories on the 2018 Bruins roster.
Garcia has thrown 42 1/3 innings across all seven games of the NCAA Tournament and totes a 6-1 record with a 0.83 ERA and has struck out 55 batters this postseason. She has had a hot bat in the tournament as well, as she has gone 8-for-22 (.364), belting two home runs and driving in a team-best nine RBI.
The Palmdale, Calif. native attended an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Fresno, Calif. in November of 2014. She joins last year’s winner, Kelly Barnhill, as Softball Factory alumni who have received the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year honor.
Check out Rachel’s footage from her performance at an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Fresno, CA back in 2014.