Feb. 18, 2014
PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- A pair of University of Michigan softball teammates were honored by the Big Ten Conference Tuesday (Feb. 18), with sophomore Sierra Romero (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta) taking home co-Player of the Week honors and freshman Megan Betsa (McDonough, Ga./Union Grove) being named the Freshman of the Week. This is the 10th weekly honor for Romero in her career -- and her third Player of the Week laurel -- while this marks the first award for Betsa.
Romero provided pop in Michigan's lineup during its five-game slate at the Ragin' Cajun Invitational (Feb. 14-16), hitting .600 (9-for-15) with eight runs batted in. The sophomore hit two home runs -- including her second grand slam of the season -- and tallied one double to help amass a 1.067 slugging percentage.
She reached base in all five games, including a trio of multi-hit games and a pair of multi-walk games, leading to an on-base percentage of .714. In Michigan's first game against Louisiana Lafayette (Feb. 14), Romero reached base in all five of her plate appearances (two hits and three walks). In the rematch on Feb. 15, she went 4-for-4, including her grand slam. In the weekend finale, Romero's seventh-inning single with two outs against Boston College brought home Michigan's winning runs.
Romero won a pair of Big Ten Player of the Week awards during her freshman campaign (March 25, April 8) and took home seven Freshman of the Week citations. She shared this week's award with Purdue's Ashley Burkhardt.
Betsa hurled an outstanding game against Central Arkansas (Feb. 15) to highlight her award-winning weekend. The freshman tossed a complete-game one-hitter and struck out 13 Bears' hitters. Just two batters reached base, a first-inning walk and a third-inning double. That outing set a new career high in strikeouts, nearly doubling her previous high of seven (Bethune-Cookman, Feb. 9). It marked her second complete game of the season and a new career best for hits allowed over seven innings (previous: three at USF, Feb. 8).
In U-M's comeback win against Boston College, Betsa tossed one inning of scoreless relief that helped keep the Eagles in check, opening the way for the Maize and Blue offense to score six runs to win the game.
Wolverines have now won the first two Freshman of the Week laurels, following Abby Ramirez's (Chicago, Ill./Trinity) opening week honor on Feb. 10.
Michigan will play a doubleheader on Friday, Feb. 21, against Kent State and Pittsburgh at the first day of the FAU Kickoff Classic in Boca Raton, Fla. First pitch against Kent State is scheduled for 11 a.m.
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