March 29, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Two members of the No. 14 University of Michigan softball team, freshman Sierra Romero (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta) and freshman Sierra Lawrence (Norcross, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian), will represent the United States as members of the 2013 USA Softball Junior Women's National Team this summer as announced by USA Softball and ASA Softball today (Friday, March 29).
The pair of U-M athletes will join 15 others aged 19-and-under from across the country in competition at the Junior Women's World Championship in Brampton, Ontario, July 1-7. The team will also play exhibition games in Glenville, W.V., June 24 to prepare for the championship.
Romero is currently leading the Wolverines in hitting (.398), hits (41), home runs (11), runs batted in (33), slugging percentage (.825) and on-base percentage (.484). She has started all of U-M's 32 games at shortstop.
Lawrence is currently batting .325 with three home runs, 17 RBI and is slugging .530. She is tied for the team lead in triples (2) and second in steals (6). This season she has started 28 games and played in 31. She has 23 starts in leftfield, four at second base and one at designated player.
"I think choosing both Sierras is a great selection for the team," said Michigan head coach Carol Hutchins. "They are both really deserving and they are both great players. Playing for the junior national team is a great honor for them and their families and it's a great honor for Michigan. I'm excited for them, I will be rooting for them and I think the selection committee did a great job."
The USA team will be defending the world championship title it won in 2011 in Cape Town, South Africa.
The 17 players and three alternates on the team were first identified as candidates through observations at ASA Junior Olympic National Championships, the National Identification Program through Softball Factory and through recommendations from high school and college coaches. The pool was reduced to forty players, and then the final roster was put together by the five-member USA Softball Women's National Team Selection Committee.
Former Wolverine Maggie Viefhaus competed on the Junior National Team in 2007.
Michigan plays a three-game series with Penn State this weekend beginning with a contest today in State College, Pa., at 4 p.m.
Contact: Michael Kasiborski (734) 763-4423