April 10, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Freshman shortstop Sierra Romero (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta) of the No. 12-ranked University of Michigan softball team was named today (Wednesday, April 10) as one of USA Softball's top 25 finalists for the 2013 Collegiate Softball Player of the Year award.
Romero is leading the Wolverines in nine offensive categories: batting average (.411), slugging percentage (.871), on-base percentage (.507), runs scored (42), hits (51), runs batted in (47), doubles (8), home runs (15) and total bases (108). In addition, she leads the Big Ten Conference in runs, total bases and RBI; she ranks second in home runs and slugging, and she is third in hits.
The Big Ten has honored Romero as its Freshman of the Week five times out of nine weeks. She has also garnered Player of the Week twice.
Romero is one of two freshmen to make list and one of two Big Ten Conference players as well. As a freshman she was not eligible for the preseason Top 50 Watch List, a distinction teammate Haylie Wagner (Orange, Calif./El Modeno) earned. Wagner was sidelined for the first four weeks of the season with an injury.
The list will be narrowed to a top 10 on May 8 and eventually the top 3 on May 22. The winner of the 2013 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award will be revealed on May 28 before 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 as well as members of the media who consistently cover Division I softball across the country.
Contact: Michael Kasiborski (734) 763-4423