Lisa Fernandez is a Puerto Rican former collegiate 4-time All-American, 3-time medal winning Olympian, and a right-handed hitting softball pitcher and third baseman. Fernandez played at UCLA from 1990 to 1993. She was a four-time winner of the Honda Sports Award for softball, and became the first softball player to win the Honda-Broderick Cup in 1993, given to the outstanding collegiate female athlete in all sports.
She starred on both sides of the plate for the UCLA Bruins softball team from 1990-93 and won two National Championships. As of 2021, she still holds 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.Addditionally, 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 clinching the 2004 medal in a 5-1 victory.
Fernandez was named the #1 Greatest College Softball Player and is a USA Softball Hall of Fame honoree. As of 2021, she is a UCLA women's softball coach.