Scarlett Lloyd enjoyed her best season to date with the NCAA Division-I Wagner College softball team this spring.
The 2020 Central Valley High School grad set a program record while starring at pitcher with the Seahawks.
She became Wagner College’s single-season strikeout leader with 116, surpassing a mark set by Krystle Perry in 2001.
Lloyd notched her ninth win of the year as she allowed one run and one hit with five strikeouts and one walk in leading Wagner College to a 3-2 season-ending victory against Farleigh Dickinson on May 9.
“Accomplishing this surpassed any goal I had set for myself this season,” said Lloyd, a sophomore. “My goal was to get 50 strikeouts. During the season, I knew I would surpass it as my numbers started adding up. But I didn’t know I was in the running to surpass the record.”
“This season helped me realize what I am capable of,” she added. “This just makes me want to continue to work just as hard, and even harder than I already do, to see what this next season will bring for me.”
Lloyd posted a 9-12 record in 2022 with a 4.28 ERA, 116 strikeouts, 40 walks, two shutouts and 12 complete games in 1301/3 innings.
She batted .259 from the plate with one homer, five doubles, 14 RBIs, seven runs and six walks.
Lloyd was voted Northeast Conference Pitcher of the Week for the first time on April 5.
She was also named an NEC Prime Performer on April 5, March 28 and March 22.
The Seahawks went 19-29 and finished fifth (12-12) in the NEC standings.
“I’m super proud of all I have accomplished. It just showed that all my hard work paid off and anything I set my mind to will be done.”Scarlett Lloyd
“I’m super proud of all I have accomplished,” Lloyd said. “It just showed that all my hard work paid off and anything I set my mind to will be done. I definitely exceeded my expectations for this season. I was playing with a hip injury, so I think if I hadn’t had that injury, I would have thrown more games, and got even more strikeouts.”
Lloyd logged just two innings at pitcher during her freshman year.
She compiled a 1-0 record with a 7.00 ERA, one strikeout and three walks as Wagner College played a 32-game conference schedule and amassed a 12-21 record.
Lloyd hit .244 with one double, nine singles, six RBIs, three runs and two walks in 41 plate appearances.
“This season, I came in mentally stronger,” she said. “I grew as a player over summer and winter breaks leading into the season. I also was always putting in extra work and taking extra reps. I’m always chasing to be that one percent better each and every day.”
Lloyd earned a full-ride scholarship to Wagner College, which is located in Staten Island, N.Y.
She became just the fifth graduate from Central Valley to compete at the NCAA Division-I level.
She’s also a first-generation college student.
She had a cumulative grade-point average of 4.167 in high school.
Lloyd graduated as Central Valley’s greatest softball player.
She hit .562 (18-for-32) from the plate with four homers, three triples, three doubles, 19 RBIs and 15 runs while batting cleanup for the Hawks in 2020.
Lloyd was also Central Valley’s ace pitcher.
She batted .556 with one homer, three doubles, 20 hits, five RBIs and five runs en route to winning the Central California Conference Offensive Player of the Year as a junior.
She earned first-team all-league honors three times.