May 9, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Freshman shortstop Sierra Romero (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta) of the No. 6 University of Michigan softball team was selected as one of USA Softball's top 10 finalists for the 2013 Collegiate Softball Player of the Year award this week (Wednesday, May 8).
Romero is the only freshman and the only player from the Big Ten Conference to make the prestigious list.
Big Ten coaches voted Romero the conference Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year on Wednesday. She was also a unanimous selection to the All-Big Ten first team.
The shortstop set two new single-season Big Ten records with 12 home runs and 34 runs scored during conference play. She tied the runs batted in mark with 35. Overall, Romero batted .397 with 22 home runs and 66 RBI. Her home run total established a new single-season record for a U-M player. She also slugged .897 with a .534 on-base percentage and stole five bases.
Romero is a catalyst for the nation's second-highest scoring offense (7.47 runs per game) and third-best team batting average (.343). The Wolverines won the 2013 Big Ten title, their sixth in a row.
The list of top 10 finalists will be pared down to the top three finalists 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.
Michigan opens Big Ten Tournament play as the No. 1 seed on Friday (May 10) against either Ohio State or Iowa in Lincoln, Neb. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. CDT.
Contact: Michael Kasiborski (734) 763-4423
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