Born n Palmdale, CA, Rachel Garcia is a right-handed hitting pitcher for UCLA. During her high school senior season she was 26–2, with a 0.20 earned run average and 418 strikeouts in 175 innings. She had 20 shutouts, including 10 no-hitters and six perfect games, and was named the 2015 Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year.
Because of a high school injury, Rachel was a redshirt for her first year at UCLA. She rebounded strongly, putting up great numbers and racking up many awards and honors. Rachel led the Bruins to the 2019 Women's College World Series championship, where she was named the Women's College World Series Most Outstanding Player. She was also named a two-time USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year and two-time First-team All-American in 2018 and 2019.
In three seasons at UCLA, Rachel has hit .336 with 30 homeruns, 140 rbi's, 80 runs scored and a .567 slugging percentage. A double threat, on the mound, she was also 81-14, with a 1.44 ERA, a .84 WHIP, with 813 strike outs and 143 walks. She had 54 complete games and 21 shutouts. After the season, Rachel was named to the Team USA softball Olympic roster.
Last summer, Rachel was with Team USA for a week of exhibition games and training in Rosemont. I had the pleasure of interviewing her (and also Monica Abbott and Cat Osterman). My interview with Rachel can be found at On the Beat With Rachel Garcia.
I am extremely excited about watching Team USA in the Olympics in July. I will be following Rachel and the team and reporting here, Global Traveler and Patch.com.
Rahcel Garcia and me in Rosemont, IL-June 2019.