Top-seeded Wolverines defeat Illinois, 8-2, in Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinals
Illinois closed the regular season with a 6-1 victory over Penn State
Perkins, Bauch, Rivera all went deep and Booker had an RBI triple
Every Illini in the lineup had at least one hit
Solo homer by Burkhardt the difference-maker
Double header against Michigan on April 26, 2014.
Double header games against Northwestern
Illinois played Nebraska with each team taking away a win on April 5, 2014.
Softball vs. Omaha 3/15/14
Photos from the Illini's game against North Dakota State on March 15, 2014
2014 - Freshman: Started all 50 games at shortstop ... Batted .315 with 13 doubles, five home runs, 16 walks, 23 runs and 23 RBI, striking out just 10 times in 146 at-bats, adding three sacrifice flies and five sacrifice bunts ... Ranked sixth in the Big Ten in doubles, fifth in sacrifice flies, and third in "toughest to strike out" ... Had one of the best rookie campaigns in Illinois history, posting the second-best slugging percentage (.507), fifth-best on base percentage (.376), tying for second in doubles, home runs and assists, and setting a new freshman and shortstop record for double plays, turning 18 ... Put together a 10-game hitting streak from April 11-25 and extended it to a 15-game reached base streak ... Led the Illini at the plate on opening weekend, hitting .538 with seven hits, two walks, a .600 on base percentage and a .615 slugging percentage ... Was perfect at the plate on opening day, going 1-for-1 with a walk, a sacrifice bunt and two runs scored against UIC, then going 4-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored against Loyola ... Hit safely in her first at-bat against Eastern Illinois, before finally making her first out in the fourth inning of her third game, on a ball that was ruled an out by the umpire after striking the ceiling of the dome ... Doubled and walked against IUPUI ... Went 3-for-4 with a double, two runs and an RBI against Binghamton ... Registered her first career stolen base against USF ... Went 6-for-11 with five extra-base hits over the final three games of the UTA Hilton Invitational. Had a double, a home run, drove in two runs and scored twice against UMKC; tallied two doubles, an RBI and a run against Creighton; then hit a game-tying solo home run in the top of the fifth against UTA, going 2-for-3 in the game ... Singled and scored in the bottom of the seventh inning against No. 14 South Alabama to help send the game to extras ... Went 2-for-3 with a double against Hofstra ... Walked, singled and drove in a run in game two against Iowa, then walked and tied the score with a key sacrifice fly in the series finale ... Became the second shortstop in Illini history to turn three double plays in the second game of the Iowa series, teaming up with Jess Perkins on all three; they became the seventh and eighth overall Illini to do so ... Went 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs and an RBI in game two against No. 16 Missouri ... Doubled and walked in each of the first two games against Minnesota ... Doubled, drove in a run, and stole second as part of the double steal that tied the game in the Wisconsin series opener ... Went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI while turning two double plays against DePaul ... Tallied four hits in the Purdue series, while turning a total of five double plays from shortstop ... Hit an RBI double in game one, then tabbed the Illini's lone hit in the nightcap against No. 25 Northwestern to extend her hitting streak to nine games ... Went 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs and an RBI to help lead Illinois past No. 4 Michigan, 10-2 ... Hit home runs in two of the three games of the Penn State series ... Went 2-for-4 against No. 10 Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinals.
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, Jeter, Rubah
Favorite Movie: The Princess Bride
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: "The best way to predict the future is to create it." - Peter Drucker
Dream Job: To be a vet or a fireman.
Fun Fact: I never had braces.
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.