May 28, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Sophomore SS Sierra Romero (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta) and junior LHP Haylie Wagner (Orange, Calif./El Modena) of the University of Michigan softball team were named All-Americans by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Wednesday (May 28), with Romero voted to the first team and Wagner a second team selection.
This marks the second consecutive All-America selection for Romero (second team, at-large in 2013) and the first for Wagner. Romero is the 17th Wolverine to earn multiple All-America citations.
Romero built on a stellar freshman campaign with an even better sophomore season. She was named Big Ten Player of the Year for a second season in a row and was a unanimous All-Big Ten first team selection. The sophomore leads the nation in two offensive categories: on-base percentage (.633) and walks per-game (1.08). She ranks second in the country in batting average (.491) and fourth in both slugging (.897) and runs per game (1.19). She also slugged 18 home runs and drove in 72 runs.
The sophomore set two new Michigan single-season records: batting and runs scored (74). She was a top-three finalist for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award, now in its 13th year. The last U-M top-three finalist was All-American Jennie Ritter in 2005.
During Big Ten play, the shortstop led the conference in hitting (.516), slugging percentage (.968), on-base percentage (.663), runs scored (32) and walks (27). She finished tied for third with seven home runs and fourth in total bases (60). Romero reached base in all 23 Big Ten games and put together a 10-game hitting streak in the final two weeks of league play.
Wagner led Michigan's pitching staff with a 24-5 record and a 1.82 earned-run average. She won 19 games in a row to open the season, tied for the fourth-most consecutive wins in U-M history. The southpaw posted a 5-2 record against top-10 teams, including a pair of shutouts over then-No. 5 Kentucky (Feb. 22) and then-No. 7 Arizona (March 7).
The junior won back-to-back elimination games against No. 4 Arizona State in the Tempe Regional to help Michigan win its 16th overall regional title. She moved up to seventh on Michigan's all-time wins list this season, was named to the All-Big Ten second team and earned her first spot on the NFCA All-Great Lakes Region first team.
This is the 17th season that multiple Wolverines earned NFCA All-America recognition in the same season, the last coming in 2013 (Romero and Ashley Lane).
2014 NFCA Division I All-America
Lacey Waldrop, P, Florida State
Cheridan Hawkins, P, Oregon
Jaclyn Traina, P, Alabama
Hallie Wilson, 1B, Arizona
Alex Hugo, 2B, Georgia
Courtney Ceo, 3B, Oregon
Sierra Romero, SS, Michigan
Haylie McCleney, OF, Alabama
Branndi Melero, OF, Auburn
Victoria Hayward, OF, Washington
Ally Carda, UT/P, UCLA
Stephany LaRosa, DP/UT Non-P, UCLA
Maddie O'Brien, SS (AL), Florida State
Madison Shipman, SS (AL), Tennessee
Whitney Canion, P (AL), Baylor
Shelby Pendley, 3B (AL), Oklahoma
Kelsey Stewart, 2B (AL), Florida
Sara Moulton, P, Minnesota
Dallas Escobedo, P, Arizona State
Christina Hamilton, P, Louisiana-Lafayette
Amber Freeman, C, Arizona State
Micaela Arizmendi, 1B, Notre Dame
Hannah Flippen, 2B, Utah
Katilyn Richardson, 3B, Minnesota
Jill Barrett, SS, Tulsa
Janie Takeda, OF, Oregon
Jennifer Gilbert, OF, Ball State
Karley Wester, OF, Notre Dame
Jailyn Ford, UT/P, James Madison
Sahvanna Jaquish, DP/UT Non-P, LSU
Kirsten Verdun, UT/P (AL), DePaul
Kasey Cooper, 3B (AL), Auburn
Annie Aldrete, C (AL), Tennessee
Haylie Wagner, P (AL), Michigan
Chelsea Wilkonson, P (AL), Georgia
Hannah Campbell, P, South Alabama
Aimee Creger, P, Tulsa
Sara Nevins, P, South Florida
Lexie Elkins, C, Louisiana-Lafayette
Hooch Fagaly, 1B, Washington
Emily Carosone, 2B, Auburn
Missy Taukeiaho, Cal State Fullerton
Kellie Fox, SS, Arizona
Emilee Koerner, OF, Notre Dame
Taylor Gadbois, OF, Missouri
Lindsey Stephens, OF, Texas
Tatum Edwards, UT/P, Nebraska
Kylee Lahners, DP/UT Non-P, Washington
Hannah Rogers, P (AL), Florida
Lauren Chamberlain, 1B (AL), Oklahoma
Shellie Robinson, OF (AL), USC Upstate
Cassie Tysarczyk, OF (AL), Texas A&M
Meredith Owen, UT/P (AL), Stetson
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