UCLA’s quest for a record 13th NCAA softball title came up short earlier this month in Oklahoma City, but it was another successful season for the Bruins. They finished 58-7 and reached the Women’s College World Series for the fourth season in a row.
Much of that success was due to sophomore pitcher Rachel Garcia, who on Monday was named the Honda Sport Award winner for softball.
— UCLA Athletics (@UCLAAthletics) June 11, 2018
The Honda awards are given annually to the top individuals in 12 women’s college sports. Garcia was honored for a 2018 season in which she posted a 29-4 record with a 1.31 ERA and 315 strikeouts while also contributing 11 home runs, 54 RBI and a .339 batting average.
Garcia is the seventh UCLA softball player to win the Honda Sport Award, the most recent being Natasha Watley in 2003. Watley went on to win the Honda Cup, given to the top collegiate women’s athlete.
The 2018 Honda Cup winner will be chosen June 25. The list of 12 finalists also includes UCLA gymnast Christine Peng-Peng Lee.