Michelle Floyd

Arizona athletics

Michelle Floyd threw a perfect game in a rare start in the circle and the fifth-ranked Arizona Wildcats continued its run through the CSUN/LMU tournament in Los Angeles on Saturday. Floyd’s mastery was the highlight of an 18-0, five-inning victory over Hartford on Saturday. The Wildcats followed it with an 8-0, six-inning win over Cal State Bakersfield.

Floyd, a senior, retired all 15 batters she faced Saturday. The perfect game was the ninth in UA history and the first since April 24, 2010, when Kenzie Fowler dominated Oregon State. Floyd struck out six batters. She has yet to allow a run this season.

Freshman Jessie Harper went 4 for 4 with two home runs and and five RBIs. Her homers came as part of a 13-run first inning. Mo Mercado and Ashleigh Hughes also went deep as part of the rally; the Wildcats batted around twice in the frame.

Nancy Bowling followed Floyd’s performance by facing just one batter over the minimum in the shutout win. She alowed two hits and struck out four to improve to No. 5 on the season. Arizona (22-1) will play Loyola Marymount Sunday, with a game against Bryant to follow.