Rachel Garcia named Week 6 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week

March 19, 2019, 3:32 p.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY — After helping the No. 1 ranked UCLA Bruins open up Pac-12 play with a perfect record, UCLA redshirt junior Rachel Garcia (Palmdale, Calif.) has earned Week 6 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week honors.  Announced today by USA Softball, Garcia reached base safely in each of the three contests against then-No. 6 Washington while holding the Huskies to zero runs in two outings in the circle.

"I am honored to be recognized as the USA Softball Player of the Week," Garcia said. "I give full credit to my amazing team and coaches. This is a very special group of young women who came out on a mission this past weekend. We really worked together and stuck to a plan. I can't do what I do without them alongside me on every pitch or every swing of the bat, and I am happy to contribute to this team's success any way I can."

Garcia and the Bruins opened up Pac-12 play on the road at Washington with a 3-0, shutout win.  Earning the complete game win, Garcia fanned nine batters while helping out her cause by scoring one run after being intentionally walked.  Garcia had another strong performance in the circle and at the plate in the second game of the series.  Hitting a go-ahead, two-run homer in the top of the eighth inning, Garcia also earned the win in the circle after striking out seven in five shutout frames of relief.  Garcia closed out the weekend with a perfect 4-for-4 outing at the plate in the series finale, setting a career high with six runs batted in and tying personal bests with four hits and three runs scored.

"Rachel has played inspired softball with the recent loss of her Papa," said UCLA Head Coach, Kelly Inouye-Perez. "She continues to get stronger each outing and enjoys the big moments in each game."

For the week, Garcia had a .600 (6-for-10) average with two home runs, eight RBI and six runs scored while amassing a 1.300 slugging percentage.  From the circle, a pair of wins and 16 strikeouts in 12 innings pitched has led to a perfect 12-0 record for the season.

This is the fourth USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week for Garcia, who has earned a weekly accolade in each season played.

2019 USA Softball National Collegiate Players of the Week
Week 1 (Feb. 7-10): Kassidy Wilbur – Stephen F. Austin – Freshman – Pitcher – Bridge City, Texas

Week 2 (Feb. 11-17): Zoe Casas – Florida State – Senior – Outfield – Rialto, Calif.

Co-Week 3 (Feb. 18-24): Danielle Gibson — Arkansas — Sophomore — Infield — Murrieta, Calif.

Co-Week 3 (Feb. 18-24): Andrea Scali — Kent State — RS Freshman — Pitcher — Parma, Ohio

Week 4 (Feb. 25-March 3): Meghan Beaubien — Michigan — Sophomore — Newport, Mich

Week 5 (March 4-10): Jenna Cone — George Washington — Junior — Trabuco Canyon, Calif.

Week 6 (March 11-17): Rachel Garcia — UCLA— RS Junior — Palmdale, Calif.