Class of 2003
Rachael Schafer is arguably the most successful softball pitcher that the Bethany College program has ever seen. Schafer came to the Bison after serving as a four-year starter at the Perry Traditional Academy in Pittsburgh.
During her time at Bethany, Schafer earned PAC Pitcher of the Year in all four seasons from 2000-2003. She was also named conference MVP three straight seasons from 2001-03 and First Team All-Conference all four years. Along with those honors, Schafer was a three-time NCAA All-Region selection and earned All-American laurels twice, garnering a Third Team selection in 2003 and First Team honors in 2002.
Schafer has also had a lasting impression on the Bison All-Time record books. Her 2001 ERA of 0.54 remains the top single-season performance in Bison history. Along with that record, Schafer ranks first all-time in career victories (63), strikeouts (463), ERA (1.08) and shutouts (29). During her tenure, Schafer posted 71 complete games in 80 career starts.
Schafer also helped lead the Bison softball program to four straight PAC Championships. The team also earned a NCAA Regional Championship and the program’s first-ever berth in the Division III College World Series in 2002.
After her time at Bethany, Schafer has been enlisted in the US Army since 2005 and is still currently serving today. Schafer has been a participant in four different combat tours and has been recognized with two Bronze Stars, three Army Accommodation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals and one Joint Accommodation Medal by the United State Military for her actions and bravery in the service.
Schafer currently resides in El Paso, Texas, with her spouse, Kristen McGaughey.