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#18 Michelle Diaz
  • Junior, 5-6, R/R
  • Catcher/Outfield
  • West Palm Beach, Fla. (John I Leonard)
  • Agricultural Communication

Career Honors: SEC All-Freshman team (2004)

As a Sophomore (2005): A catcher who saw a lot of time in right field ... Finished the season with a .202 batting average ... Drove in two runs in a Gator victory against Appalachian State at the Clearwater Invitational ... Scored her first run of the season against Michigan State at the UNLV Invite ... Recorded the first stolen base of her career and went 2-for-3 from the plate against Michigan at the USF Louisville Slugger Invitational ... Tallied a career high four hits, including the game winner, against USF at the USF Louisville Slugger Invitational ... Scored the game winning run against Loyola-Marymount at the Long Beach State Invitational ... Stole two bases in the second of a three game set against Alabama in Gainesville ... Hit the first triple of her career at USF in a game she went 2-for-3 from the plate, scoring one run ... Played catcher and recorded a career high 10 put outs at USF ... Went 2-for-3 from the plate and scored one run in the first game of the three-game set against LSU ... Scored the game-winning run as a pinch runner in the first game of the doubleheader with FSU ... Recorded a season-high two assists in the NCAA Regional game against UCF.

As a Freshman (2004): Named to the SEC All-Freshman team … Finished the season with a .280 batting average and a .991 fielding percentage … Hit .314 and had a perfect fielding percentage in conference games … Played in 36 games and started 32 … Florida's starting catcher for the majority of Southeastern Conference play ... Has caught eight of 16 runners attempting to steal against her, while picking off one runner ... Opened her career in the Orange and Blue with a 1-for-2 performance with a game-winning RBI double and a walk against Appalachian State ... Did not play from Feb. 28 to March 20 due to injury ... In her first start after that break went 2-for-2 with a game-winning home run, two RBI, a run scored and a walk in the second game of the Auburn series ... That game began a four-game hit streak that lasted through April 3 ... Hit 5-for-8 (.625) with a double, a home run, a walk, two runs and four RBI during that streak ... Hit 2-for-3 with two RBI against Bethune-Cookman, which started a second four-game hit streak ... Hit 6-for-11 with two RBI during this streak which lasted through the first game of the LSU series, in which she was a perfect 2-for-2 ... Went 1-for-1 with a run scored and two walks in Florida's SEC Tournament game versus Georgia … Went 2-for-2 with a two RBI, a run scored, a double, a home run and a sacrifice in Florida's NCAA Tournament win over Long Island.

High School: A graduate of John I. Leonard High School … Coached by Pam Walker … Four-time All-Conference and All-Area player ... Team earned four conference titles during her tenure ... Named first team All-State as a senior … Nominee for Miss Florida Softball … Team was ranked eighth in the nation…Named Scholar Athlete and Florida High State All-Star … In 2002, led the area in stolen bases and was third in the county for batting average … Named Player of the Year by the Palm Beach Post and the Sun Sentinel and First Team All-State Catcher of the Year for 6A schools her junior season … Helped the team to district and conference titles in a 2002 season in which they finished 27-6 … In 2001, led the team in stolen bases, on-base percentage and extra base hits … Team reached the state final four her freshman season ... Also played volleyball ... Played travel ball for Gary Fitzpatrick's Lady Gators ... Member of the Spanish Honor Society


Diaz's Career Bests
AB - 5 vs. USF, 3/05/05
R - 1, nine times; last vs. Kentucky, 5/7/2005
H - 4 vs. USF, 3/05/05
Streak - 4 games, two times; last (4/20-5/1/04 .625, 6-for-11, 2 RBI)
RBI - 2, five times; last vs. USF, 3/05/05
2B - 1, eight times; last at Auburn, 4/27/05
3B - 1 at USF, 4/13/05
HR - 1, two times; last vs. Long Island, 5/21/04
BB - 2 vs. Georgia, 5/13/04
SB - 2, two times; last vs. Alabama, 3/29/05
PO - 10 at USF, 4/13/05
A - 2, four times; last vs. UCF, 5/21/05

Diaz's Career Stats
Year Avg GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SLG%
2004 .280 36-32 75 5 21 5 0 2 13 32 .427
2005 .202 55-36 99 9 20 5 1 0 4 27 .273
TOTAL .236 91-68 174 14 41 10 1 2 17 59 .339
Year BB HBP SO OB% SF SH SB-A PO A E FLD%
2004 8 1 23 .357 0 1 0-0 200 16 2 .991
2005 5 1 26 .248 0 4 8-8 46 6 2 .963
TOTAL 13 2 49 .296 0 5 8-8 246 22 4 .985
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