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    Ruby Rivera
    42 Ruby Rivera

    Glendale, Calif.

    High School:





    Home Runs Lead No. 15 Minnesota Past Illinois in Series Opener

    Jess Perkins went deep for the Illini, but the Golden Gophers won, 8-3


    Needham Blanks No. 16 Tigers as Illini Split with Mizzou

    Illinois shut out the Tigers, 3-0, in game one, but a big fifth inning led UM to a 9-6 win in the nightcap


    Illini Split With No. 14 South Alabama, Hofstra in Extra Innings

    Jess Perkins' two-run homer leads Illini past Hofstra, 2-0, in eight innings


    Illini Drop a Pair in Boca to Open FAU Tournament

    No. 14 South Alabama 5, Illinois 3 // FAU 8, Illinois 4


    Softball Sets Out for Showdown in SoCal

    Illinois to face Oregon State, Utah Valley, Nevada, Cal State Fullerton and No. 5 UCLA


    Illinois vs. Nebraska- 4/5/14

    Illinois played Nebraska with each team taking away a win on April 5, 2014.


    Softball vs. Omaha 3/15/14

    Softball vs. Omaha 3/15/14


    Softball vs. North Dakota State-3/15/14

    Photos from the Illini's game against North Dakota State on March 15, 2014

    Career Game-By-Game Stats: 2014

    High School: Defensive Player of the Year 2012, 2013 ... Three-time first-team all-league 2011-13 ... Second-team all-league 2010 ... Pacifica High School Female Athlete of the Year 2013 ... Third-team all-county 2013 ... Rookie of the Year 2010 ... Carew All-Tournament Team 2012 ... Two-time Scholar Athlete 2010, 2011 ... A four-year starter at Pacifica High School in both softball and basketball ... Led Pacifica to second round CIF finishes in 2010 and 2011, a third-round finish in 2012 and a fourth-round finish in 2013 ... Finished third in 2008 and second in 2009 with the 14U Corona Angels ... Placed second at the 2011 16U Colorado Tournament with the Orange County Batbusters, then won the 2012 18U Colorado Tournament.

    Personal: Born Ruby Andrea Fernandez Garcia Rivera ... Daughter of Angie and Andrew Franco Garcia ... Has three younger siblings; Regina, Racquel and Andy ... Majoring in Community Health.

    Getting to Know Ruby:

    Nicknames: Rubes, Diamond

    Favorite Movie: For the Love of the Game

    Top 3-5 Most-Played Songs on your iTunes: "Talk Dirty" by Jason Derulo, "Love More" by Chris Brown, "Not a Bad Thing" by Justin Timberlake, "Drunk Off Your Love" by Shwayze, "Oh my goodness" by Spawnbreezie.

    Favorite Quote: "Even on my weakest days I get a little stronger"

    Dream Job: To be a vet or a fireman.

    Pregame Superstitions: Listen to music and say a prayer.

    Fun Fact: I enjoy the arts, such as drawing and music

    Three Things on your "Bucket List": To die with no regrets, to go paragliding over the ocean without fear, make an impact on every person I meet.

    If you were to win $10 million, what would you do with it? Buy my mom her dream house.

    Who most influenced your athletic career? My Dad, without him I don't think I would be where I am today or be athletic period.

    If you could visit any place in the world, where would you go and why? Cuba. I am mixed with a bit of Cuban along with various other cultures, but I would like to experience this culture in actual Cuba with family.


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