March 4, 2013
PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- Freshman shortstop Sierra Romero (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta) of the No. 14 University of Michigan softball team was honored by the Big Ten Conference today (Monday, March 4), sharing the Freshman of the Week award with Nebraska pitcher Emily Lockman. It is the second time in the season's first four weeks Romero has earned the distinction.
Romero batted .474 (9-for-19) and slugged .895 with an on-base percentage of .500 during Michigan's five games at the Citrus Classic in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., held at the ESPN Softball Diamondplex. She also had two home runs, a pair of doubles and three stolen bases for the Maize and Blue. Romero helped U-M finish 3-2 on the weekend, including a win over No. 9 Texas A&M that snapped the Aggies' 19-game win streak to begin the season.
Romero is tied for first in the Big Ten in runs scored (20), tied for second in home runs (5) and total bases (46), and third in slugging percentage (.754). She has started at shortstop and batted third in the lineup in all of U-M's first 18 games.
This is the second weekly award for the Romero, following her Big Ten Freshman of the Week award for the season's first week (Feb. 11). She batted .364 with a pair of home runs, including a grand slam, in the season's first four games (Feb. 8-10).
The Wolverines will play two weekday games in Orlando, Fla., against Boston College on Tuesday (March 5) at 1 p.m. and UCF on Wednesday (March 6) at 5:30 p.m. at the UCF Softball Complex. U-M will then head to Louisville, Ky., for a trio of games in the Red and Black Tournament on Friday and Saturday (March 8-9).
Contact: Michael Kasiborski (734) 763-4423