Lisa Fernandez

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Lisa Fernandez
LisaFernandezGoldMedal.jpg
May 2006
Personal information
Born (1971-02-22) February 22, 1971 (age 47)
Long Beach, California
ResidenceLong Beach, California
EducationUCLA ('95)
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)

Lisa Maria Fernandez[1] (born February 22, 1971) is an Puerto Rican-American, former collegiate 4-time First Team All-American, 3-time medal winning Olympian, right-handed hitting softball pitcher and third baseman, current softball assistant coach at UCLA, originally from Long Beach, California. She starred on both sides of the plate for the UCLA Bruins softball team from 1990-93 and won two National Championships. She continues to hold the UCLA records for career shutouts, WHIP and winning percentage. Fernandez established Olympic records in softball with 25 strikeouts in a game and the best batting average for a single tournament as a member of the United States Women's team; additionally, she is noted for having pitched in three consecutive gold medal games, getting a save in 1996, an extra-inning shutout in 2000 before concluding the run by cinching the 2004 medal in a 5-1 victory.[2] Fernandez was named the #1 Greatest College Softball Player and is a USA Softball Hall of Fame honoree.[3]

Early years[edit]

Fernandez was born and raised in Long Beach, California.[4] Her father emigrated from Cuba, where he played baseball, and her mother was of Puerto Rican descent. Fernandez's mother played, with her brother (Lisa's uncle) stickball, a street game similar to baseball played with a broom stick and a rubber ball. Fernandez began playing softball at the age of eight. When she was twelve, she played in a local children's league. She tried out as a pitcher, however, her coach told her that she would never make it because she didn't have the right size and build. At St. Joseph High School, Fernandez joined her school's girls' softball team and together with her teammates won the CIF Championship.[2]

College career[edit]

Upon graduating from high school, she was accepted to UCLA, where she played softball and earned a degree in psychology. Fernandez played at UCLA from 1990 to 1993. She was a three-time winner of the sport's Honda Award, Fernandez became the first softball player to win the Honda-Broderick Cup in 1993, given to the outstanding collegiate female athlete in all sports. A four-time, first-team All-American, Fernandez led UCLA to two national championships (1990 & 1992) and two runner-up finishes (1991 & 1993).[2][5]

U.S. Women's Olympic Softball Team[edit]

In 1990, Fernandez won a gold medal at the ISF (International Softball Federation) World Championship. Among her accomplishments are:[2][5]

  • 1991, gold medal at the Pan American Games
  • 1994, gold medals at ISF World Championships and Pan Am Qualifier
  • 1991 and 1992, Sportswoman of the Year Award[6]
  • Led UCLA to two NCAA Women's College World Series Titles
  • Four-time NFCA First Team All-American
  • NCAA Top VI Award presented to the top six senior student athletes in all divisions
  • 1993, Honda-Broderick Cup winner, country's most outstanding collegiate female athlete
  • 1991-93, Three-time Honda Award winner for softball presented to the nation's best softball player
  • 1996, Olympic gold medal in the 1996 Olympics celebrated in Columbus, Georgia
  • 1998, gold medal at Pan American Games;
  • 2000, Olympic gold medal in the 2000 Sydney Olympics celebrated in Australia where she established a 25 strikeout record in women's softball
  • 2002, gold medal at the ISF World Championships
  • 2003, gold medal at the Pan American Games
  • 2004, Olympic gold medal in the 2004 Athens Olympics celebrated in Greece.

Honors[edit]

On April 24, 2001, the Lakewood City Council recognized Fernandez as one of the most remarkable athletes ever to come from the playgrounds and ball diamonds of Lakewood. The city council named the ball field at Mayfair Park in her honor, as the Lakewood Sports Hall of Fame Athlete of the Year.[2]

Lisa Fernandez in 2016

Later years[edit]

She married Michael Lujan in 2002 and gave birth to their son Antonio in 2005.[7] Fernandez and her family reside in Long Beach, California. Fernandez is currently an assistant coach for the women's softball team at UCLA. On June 3, 2017 she was ejected from a WCWS game, after the ejection she made physical contact with the umpire, which she claims was unintentional. She was suspended for two games. [8]

Statistics[edit]

UCLA Bruins[edit]

[9][10][11][12]

YEAR W L GP GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER BB SO ERA WHIP
1990 11 1 15 12 12 8 0 83.0 33 6 3 10 51 0.25 0.52
1991 20 3 26 24 23 16 1 165.2 68 9 6 22 165 0.25 0.54
1992 29 0 30 27 27 22 0 196.1 77 7 4 25 220 0.14 0.52
1993 33 3 36 33 33 28 0 249.2 80 10 9 46 348 0.25 0.50
TOTALS 93 7 107 96 95 74 1 694.2 258 32 22 103 784 0.22 0.52
YEAR G AB R H BA RBI HR 3B 2B TB SLG BB SO SB SBA
1990 67 213 27 66 .310 22 1 2 7 80 .375% 12 6 1 1
1991 63 205 25 70 .341 32 2 1 9 87 .424% 17 2 0 0
1992 56 177 47 71 .401 29 1 4 10 92 .520% 21 5 2 2
1993 54 157 43 80 .509 45 11 2 12 129 .821% 35 3 0 0
TOTALS 240 752 142 287 .381 128 15 9 38 388 .516% 85 16 3 3

Team USA Olympic Games[edit]

[13][14][15]

YEAR W L GP GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER BB SO ERA WHIP
1996 1 0 3 2 1 1 1 21.0 4 2 1 0 31 0.33 0.19
2000 2 1 4 4 2 1 0 29.2 7 3 2 4 52 0.48 0.37
2004 4 0 4 4 4 3 0 24.0 9 1 1 3 10 0.29 0.50
TOTALS 7 1 11 10 7 5 1 74.2 20 6 4 7 93 0.37 0.36
YEAR G AB R H BA RBI HR 3B 2B TB SLG BB SO SB SBA
1996 9 23 5 8 .348 5 1 0 0 11 .478% 5 2 1 1
2000 9 31 2 3 .097 2 1 0 0 6 .193% 3 4 0 0
2004 9 22 3 12 .545 8 1 0 3 18 .818% 4 0 0 0
TOTALS 27 76 10 23 .302 15 3 0 3 35 .460% 12 6 1 1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://transparentcalifornia.com/salaries/2015/university-of-california/lisa-maria-fernandez/
  2. ^ a b c d e Lisa Fernandez - Famous Softball Player
  3. ^ "DI Softball: Greatest Players". Ncaa.com. 2017-05-31. Retrieved 2018-06-25.
  4. ^ Olmsted, Frank J. (2004), Porter, David L., ed., "Lisa Fernandez", Latino and African American Athletes Today: A Biographical Dictionary, Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, pp. 105–107, ISBN 0313320489
  5. ^ a b 'isa Fernandez's U.S. Olympic Team bio Archived 2006-01-13 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "Sportswoman of the Year Award". Women's Sports Foundation. Archived from the original on 2009-07-22. Retrieved 2009-08-03.
  7. ^ "Fernandez adds to lineup", Long Beach Press-Telegram, January 10, 2006; "Son Gives Much Joy to Busy Fernandez", Long Beach Press-Telegram, April 1, 2007.
  8. ^ "UCLA softball assistant coach Lisa Fernandez suspended two games for bumping umpire." ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures, 03 June 2017. Web. 03 June 2017.
  9. ^ "Final 1990 Women's Softball Statistics Report" (PDF). Ncaa.org. Retrieved 2018-06-24.
  10. ^ "Final 1991 Women's Softball Statistics Report" (PDF). Ncaa.org. Retrieved 2018-06-24.
  11. ^ "Final 1992 Women's Softball Statistics Report" (PDF). Ncaa.org. Retrieved 2018-06-24.
  12. ^ "Final 1993 Women's Softball Statistics Report" (PDF). Ncaa.org. Retrieved 2018-06-24.
  13. ^ "Olympic Games Atlanta, Georgia". Teamusa.org. Retrieved 2018-06-24.
  14. ^ "Olympic Games Sydney, Australia". Teamusa.org. Retrieved 2018-06-24.
  15. ^ "Olympic Games Athens, Greece". Teamusa.org. Retrieved 2018-06-24.

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