Wagner, Romero Top 25 Finalists for Softball Player of the Year
Haylie Wagner (L) and Sierra Romero

April 9, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Junior pitcher Haylie Wagner (Orange, Calif./El Modena) and sophomore shortstop Sierra Romero (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta) of the No. 5-ranked University of Michigan softball team were named today (Wednesday, April 9) one of the top 25 finalists for the 2014 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year.

Wagner is one of 10 juniors on the list, and Romero is one of three sophomores. In her freshman season (2013), Romero was one of 10 finalists for the player of year award. This is the first time Wagner has been included in the top 25 finalists list.

The southpaw pitcher currently has a pair of top-10 national marks: her earned-run average of 0.94 and her win total of 18 both rank ninth in the country. She is a perfect 18-0 and has tossed six shutouts thus far. Opponents are batting just .181 against the lefty, and her strikeout-to-walk ration is nearly 4:1 (83 strikeouts to 22 walks). She has been named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week twice (March 10 and March 24).

Romero has five top-10 national ranks after nine weeks of the season. She leads the country in on-base percentage (.636) and is third in batting (.505), fourth in walks per game (1.03), sixth in runs per game (1.26) and eighth in slugging (.879). She leads the Big Ten in batting, slugging, on-base percentage, runs scored (44), runs batted in (41) and walks (36), plus she is tied for the league lead in home runs (10). Romero was part of the top-50 watch list released before the season and was named an ESPNW preseason All-American. The Big Ten Conference named her player of the week on Feb. 18.

The list will be narrowed to a top 10 on May 7 and eventually the top three on May 21. The winner of the 2014 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award will be revealed on May 27 prior to the start of the NCAA WCWS in Oklahoma City.

The USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award is voted on by coaching representatives from 11 Division I Conferences in the 15 ASA Regions, members of the media who consistently cover Division I softball across the country and past winners of the award.

Top 25 Finalists for Collegiate Softball Player of the Year
Jill Barrett, Tulsa
Farish Beard, South Alabama
Hannah Campbell, South Alabama
Whitney Canion, Baylor
Ally Carda, UCLA
Courtney Ceo, Oregon
Aimee Creger, Tulsa
Dallas Escobedo, Arizona State
Amber Freeman, Arizona State
Cheridan Hawkins, Oregon
Sammy Marshall, Western Illinois
Haylie McCleney, Alabama
Sara Moulton, Minnesota
Sara Nevins, South Florida
Maddie O'Brien, Florida State
Shelby Pendley, Oklahoma
Ellen Renfroe, Tennessee
Kaitlyn Richardson, Minnesota
Sierra Romero, Michigan
Madison Shipman, Tennessee
Jackie Traina, Alabama
Haylie Wagner, Michigan
Lacey Waldrop, Florida State
Brejae Washington, Texas
Hallie Wilson, Arizona

Contact: Michael Kasiborski (mkasibor@umich.edu)

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