Michele (Kirin '90) Michael
A four-time First Team all-conference selection in softball, Michele Kirin rewrote Grove City College’s pitching record book during her career from 1987 to 1990.
Kirin graduated as Grove City’s all-time leader with 44 pitching victories while also setting program records with 480 innings pitched, 260 strikeouts, 75 appearances, 67 complete games and a 2.58 earned run average.
She made an immediate impact as a freshman in 1987 by going 11-4 in the pitcher’s circle and helping lead Grove City to its first Presidents’ Athletic Conference title.
As a sophomore, Kirin won a school record 16 games while helping the Wolverines set a new program mark with 18 victories under head coach Don Lyle. The conference’s head softball coaches honored her as the league’s Most Valuable Pitcher that season. Her 16-5 record in 1988 remains the best by a Grove City pitcher.
A graduate of Mathews High School in Vienna, Ohio, Kirin again earned Most Valuable Pitcher recognition in 1990 after helping Grove City capture the program’s second conference title in a four-year span. The conference honored Kirin as a member of its 60th Anniversary Team during the 2014-15 academic year.
She graduated from Grove City in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in biology and added a master’s degree in physical therapy in 1992.