Softball's Sappingfield Voted to Academic All-America Second Team
Seven Softballers on All-Region Teams, Including Quartet on First Team
Romero Wins B1G Softball Player of the Year; Seven Earn All-Conference
Sappingfield Among 10 Finalists for Softball Senior CLASS Award
Softball's Sappingfield Selected as a Senior CLASS Award Nominee
U-M clipped Northwestern, 2-1, to win the Big Ten title for the sixth straight year.
At Michigan ... NFCA All-Great Lakes Region first team (outfield, 2014) ... All-Big Ten first team (outfield, 2014) ... All-Big Ten Defensive Team (outfield, 2014) ... Senior CLASS Award All-America first team and top-10 finalist (2014) ... Two-time Team Captain (2013-14) ... All-Big Ten second team (outfield, 2012) ... All-Big Ten first team (outfield, 2011) ... Academics ... Academic All-America second team (2014) ... Three-time Academic All-Big Ten (2012, 2013, 2014) ... U-M Athletic Academic Achievement (2013, 2014) ... University Honors (2012).
Senior (2014) ... Captain ... NFCA All-Great Lakes Region first team (outfield) ... All-Big Ten first team (outfield) ... All-Big Ten Defensive Team (outfield) ... Academic All-America second team ... Senior CLASS Award All-America first team and top-10 finalist ... Academic All-Big Ten ... U-M Athletic Academic Achievement ... Regular Season ... Played in all 62 games, making 61 starts ... Set career highs in batting (.402), hits (86), doubles (10), total bases (101), slugging (.472), on-base (.431) and steals (nine) ... Led the team in hits (86) ... Finished her career fourth in U-M history in runs (190), tied-sixth in batting (.355) and seventh in hits (274) ... Collected 25 multi-hit games ... Had a hit in each Super Regional game at Florida State (May 22-23), including a RBI double in game one ... Went 3-for-4 in the Tempe Regional title game against Arizona State (May 18) ... Collected two hits in three straight games (Wisconsin, Minnesota, San Diego State, May 10-16) ... Had a RBI double vs. Wisconsin (May 10) ... Tallied three hits, including a double on Senior Day vs. Wisconsin (May 4) ... Collected two hits and scored two runs against Illinois (Apr. 26) ... Hit a triple and scored a run against Minnesota (Apr. 19) ... Went 6-for-12 with a double, two RBIs and scored six runs in a three-game series against Michigan State (Apr. 11-13) ... Collected three hits, scored one run and recorded one RBI against Ohio State (Apr. 6) ... Went 2-for-2 and scored two runs against Detroit (Apr. 2) ... Went 8-for-11, scored seven runs and collected two RBIs in a three-game series against Penn State (Mar. 28-29) ... Hit 2-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored vs. Indiana (March 22)... Batted .455 over Indiana series (March 21-22) ... Recorded three hits and three RBIs against Iowa State (Mar. 16) ... Went 4-for-4 with three runs and two stolen bases against Kent State (Mar. 15) ... Recorded two hits and scored 1 run against Washington (Mar. 6) ... Collected 2 hits and scored two runs against UCLA (Mar. 5) ... Went 2-for-2 with three RBIs and scored two runs against Pittsburgh (Feb. 21) ... Collected two hits and scored two runs against Kent State (Feb. 21) ... Collected three hits, recorded two RBIs and scored three runs against Louisiana-Lafayette (Feb. 15) ... Went 3-for-4 while scoring two runs and recording two RBIs against Louisiana-Lafayette (Feb. 15).
Junior (2013) ... Captain ... U-M Athletic Academic Achievement ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Regular Season ... Started 63 games, 54 in right field and nine in left field ... Batted .309 with 57 runs, 60 hits and seven stolen bases ... Collected 14 multi-hit games ... Tied for team lead with four outfield assists ... Had two hits against Arizona State at the WCWS (June 1) ... Drove in the winning run against Northwestern (May 3) ... Went 2-3 and scored two runs against Central Michigan (April 23) ... Batted 3-for-5, including a triple, with four runs scored at Michigan State (April 14) ... Stole two bases against Michigan State (April 12) ... Had six hits and two RBI in doubleheader against Penn State (March 30) ... Went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases vs. Penn State (March 29) ... Collected one RBI vs. Arizona State (March 15) ... Had two hits vs. Virginia Tech (March 14) ... Went 3-for-4 with one run vs. Illinois State (March 9) ... Scored two runs, knocked in two and had one hit vs. UCF (March 6) ... Collected one hit, one RBI and scored twice vs. James Madison (March 1) ... Went 3-for-6 with two RBI vs. Illinois State (Feb. 22) ... Went 2-for-2 with two runs scored vs. Massachusetts (Feb. 17) ... Hit a triple, knocked in a run and scored one run vs. Maryland (Feb. 16) ... Went 2-2 with a triple, one RBI and two runs scored vs. Marshall (Feb. 8).
Sophomore (2012) ... Academic All-Big Ten ... All-Big Ten second team ... Named to all-tournament team at Tiger Classic (Feb. 10-12) ... Regular Season ... Started 58 games in left field ... Carried a 10-game hitting streak from March 31-April 17 ... Led the team with 13 sacrifice hits ... Was second on the team with 14 multi-hit games ... Scored the winning run in Michigan's 3-2 walk-off win over Kentucky in the NCAA Regional (May 18) ... Tallied a career-best four hits at Ohio State (April 7) ... Hit her first career home run, a grand slam, against Bowling Green (March 28) ... Recorded a career-best five RBI against BGSU ... Against Penn State (March 25), was 3-for-4 at the plate with two RBI ... Went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI against No. 14 UCLA (March 2) ... Tallied a hit in each of Michigan's four game at the Tigeter Classic (Feb.10-12), including a 3-for-4 performance against No. 22 LSU (Feb. 11).
Freshman (2011) ... U-M Athletic Academic Achievement Award recipient ... All-Big Ten first team (outfield) ... Regular Season ... Started 53 games in leftfield, missing final six games with injury ... Recorded 70 hits and scored 43 runs from the No. 2 spot ... Boasted 22 multi-hit games ... Hit .400 in Big Ten play with seven RBI ... Went 3-for-4 and scored two runs vs. Minnesota (May 8) ... Posted four hits and two runs in Ohio State twinbill (May 4) ... Tallied back-to-back two-hit games at Illinois (April 17) ... Went 3-for-4 with two RBI against Western Michigan (April 12) ... Scored four runs and recorded two RBI on two hits Purdue series (April 9-10) ... Went 4-for-7 with two runs and two stolen bases in two games at Northwestern to kick off Big Ten schedule (March 26-27) ... Registered the longest recorded hit streak in Michigan softball history at 20 games (Feb. 18-March 13), batting .441 (30-for-68) with 15 runs scored and 15 RBI over the stretch ... Went 2-for-4 with a RBI double vs. Ball State (March 5) ... Tallied two hits with two RBI vs. Villanova (March 4) ... Went 2-for-4 with a two-RBI triple vs. Florida Atlantic (Feb. 18) ... Went 2-for-3 with an RBI double in collegiate debut vs. Southern Illinois (Feb.11).
Prep... Graduated from Norco High School (2010) ... Honor Roll ... Selected as an ESPN RISE First Team All-American (2010) and Maxpreps All-American (2010) ... Named the 2010 Inland Empire Player of the Year ... California First Team All-State selection (2009) ... Two-time First Team All-CIF selection (2009, '10) ... Earned Second Team All-CIF honors as a sophomore (2008) ... Named to the 2008 Second Team All-Underclassmen State team ... Three-time All-Big Eight League first team selection (2008, '09, '10) ... Four-time All-Riverside County ... Earned All-Mountain View League second team honors as a freshman (2007).
Personal... ... Nicole Marie Sappingfield was born on Sept. 6, 1991 ... Enrolled in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts ... comparative literature major ... Daughter of George and Gayla Sappingfield.
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