Fernandez was a hit for UCLA and USA softball

Updated: October 6, 2008, 3:22 PM ET
By George J. Tanber | Special to ESPN.com

Few female athletes have played softball better than Lisa Fernandez.

The former UCLA pitcher and third baseman won two national championships with the Bruins and three gold medals -- in 1996, 2000 and 2004 -- as part of the U.S. Olympic team. At the Athens Games in 2004, the team went 9-0 and outscored its opponents 51-1. Fernandez batted .545, an Olympic record.

She began playing softball at an early age in Lakewood, Calif., where her parents, Antonio ...

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