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Five Bruins Earn NFCA All-American Awards

Jun 2, 2021
(From top left clockwise): Rachel Garcia, Aaliyah Jordan, Briana Perez, Maya Brady and Megan Faraimo.

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Senior Rachel Garcia, juniors Aaliyah Jordan and Briana Perez, sophomore Megan Faraimo and freshman Maya Brady were all named NFCA All-Americans, as announced on Wednesday. Brady, Faraimo, Garcia and Jordan earned First Team honors, while Perez was named to the Third Team.

Garcia, who was a unanimous All-American for the third season in a row, is the 37th four-time NFCA All-American. She is the fifth Bruin to accomplish that feat, joining Tracy Compton (1982-1985), Lisa Fernandez (1990-1993), Stacey Nuveman (1997, 1999, 2001-2002) and Natasha Watley (2000-2003).

The five All-American awards are tied for the most of any school, with the four First Team accolades being the most. It is the second time Jordan has been named a First Team All-American (2018) and the first awards for Brady, Faraimo and Perez. All five Bruins were named to the NFCA All-West Region First Team on May 20.

Garcia, the Pac-12 Conference Player of the Year and a Top 3 finalist for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award, is third in the nation with a 0.95 earned run average to go with a 17-1 record, two saves and 162 strikeouts in 118 1/3 innings. She has appeared in 26 games, making 15 starts, posting 11 complete games and six solo shutouts. At the plate, Garcia has a team-best .486 on base percentage and is second with 29 walks and a .721 slugging percentage, adding a .351 batting average, 12 home runs, 32 runs batted in and 22 runs scored. A three-time Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week and two-time Pac-12 Player of the Week, Garcia has allowed zero or one earned run in 24 of her 26 appearances, reaching double figures in strikeouts six times. She pitched the second no-hitter of her career on April 16 at Oregon State. At the plate, she has hits in 33 of her 42 games.

Jordan is the team leader in walks with 33, which also ties for 25th nationally. She is second with 35 runs scored and a .471 on base percentage, adding a .326 batting average, eight home runs, 33 runs batted in and nine doubles. The junior hit home runs in each of the last six conference weekends. Jordan, an All-Pac-12 First Team honoree, is tied for second on the team with 11 multiple-hit games, adding eight multi-RBI contests. She is tied for first among Pac-12 players in walks and fifth in on base percentage.

Faraimo, an All-Pac-12 First Team winner, is the national leader in strikeout-to-walk ratio (14.15), also ranking in the Top 20 in walks allowed per seven innings, hits allowed per seven innings and earned run average (1.10). She is 19-3 with 184 strikeouts in 133 1/3 innings, having gone the distance in 13 of her 19 starts. Faraimo is first among Pac-12 pitchers in opposing batting average (.142), second in ERA, fourth in strikeouts and tied for fourth in wins. The sophomore has eight double-figure strikeout games and has allowed zero or one earned run in 22 of her 28 appearances. Faraimo pitched the 19th perfect game in UCLA history and her third-career no-hitter on Feb. 24 against San Diego State.

All-Pac-12 First Teamer Brady is tied for second with 13 home runs, third with 36 runs batted in, 31 runs scored and 19 walks, adding a .333 batting average, six stolen bases and nine multiple-RBI contests. She is eighth among Pac-12 players in slugging (.698) and tied for ninth in home runs (13). Brady, who was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week to end the regular season, opened Pac-12 play with a bang, earning conference Player and Freshman of the Week honors on March 23 following the Bruins' four-game sweep of Arizona State. She has hits in 30 of her 43 games, including an 11-game hitting streak from March 3-April 9, and hit home runs in back-to-back wins over Virginia Tech last weekend.

Perez, an All-Pac-12 First Team and All-Pac-12 Defensive Team selection, leads the Bruins in batting average (.364), runs scored (51), triples (5), total bases (118), slugging (.728), multiple-hit games (16) and multi-RBI contests (12), ranking second with 41 runs batted in, tied for second with 13 home runs and third with 13 stolen bases. She is tied for second among Pac-12 players in triples, fourth in runs and total bases and sixth in slugging, while also ranking tied for 16th nationally in triples and tied for 31st in runs scored. Perez has hits in 42 of 51 games, posting hitting streaks of seven, eight, five and 12 this season. She has scored a run in 36 of 51 games, including multiples 14 times.

The Bruins open up the Women's College World Series on Thursday against Florida State at 6:30 p.m. PT/8:30 p.m. CT on ESPN.