A recent magazine article featuring San Marino High School graduate Michelle Floyd praised the University of Arizona senior softball pitcher for her loyalty and dedication. Floyd, who set every record during a glittering 4-year varsity career for the Lady Titans, has seen her innings decline while the 5th-ranked Wildcats have added one talented pitcher after another to the roster.
Let’s not count her out yet. The University of Hartford sure isn’t, as Floyd struck out 6 of the 15 of the batters she faced last weekend while posting just the 9th perfect game in U of A history during an 18-0, 5-inning victory over the Hawks.
Arizona entered last week’s play with the 4th lowest ERA in the nation at .94 – her jersey number, ironically, and that figure will only drop due to Floyd’s heroics.
For her effort, Floyd on Tuesday was named the PAC-12’s Pitcher of the Week.
“It was an amazing team effort,” she told The Tribune. “Everyone came together, we had hits and great defense. Faith has played a huge part through my career and without it, it would not have been possible. I am truly thankful for the opportunity and am truly excited for what the rest of season has to hold.”
The declaration concerning her faith is more walk than talk. Michelle is president of the University of Arizona’s chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and also co-president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Because the game was played in Northridge as part of the Cal State Northridge-Loyola Marymount Invitational Tournament, Michelle’s parents, Dan and Julee Floyd, were in attendance.
With PAC-12 play opening this afternoon, the Wildcats are 26-1, with their only loss of the season coming at the hands of #1-ranked Florida State, who edged U of A by a final score of 1-0 back on Feb. 25.