May 30, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Senior Ashley Lane (Escondido, Calif./Escondido) and freshman Sierra Romero (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta), of the No. 7-ranked University of Michigan softball team, were each named to National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-America teams this week (May 29), with Romero elected to the second team and Lane voted onto the third team -- both as at-large selections.
Romero had a breakout season and was named the Big Ten Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year. She was just the second player in conference history to do so, following former U-M player Sara Griffin's dual awards during her 1995 rookie season. Romero set a new single-season home run record at Michigan with 22, and is leading the team in numerous other offensive categories including runs batted in (69), slugging (.846), runs (66), and is third in hits (62). She is currently batting .383 with 11 doubles and two triples. Romero started all of Michigan's 61 games and was named All-Big Ten first team at shortstop.
Romero is the first freshman since former U-M player Amanda Chidester in 2009 to earn All-America second team honors. She was also named Big Ten Player of the Week twice (March 25, April 8) and Freshman of the Week seven times (Feb. 11, March 4, March 25, April 1, April 8, April 15, May 7).
Lane picked up her second All-America distinction following a second-team citation as a sophomore in 2011. She is the 16th Wolverine to earn multiple All-America honors.
The senior second baseman is having her best season offensively. She is batting .371 -- a new career high -- and equaled a career best of 18 home runs (previously: 2011). She has 60 runs batted in and is currently slugging .694. Lane moved up from seventh to fourth on U-M's career home run list this season (47) and is two home runs from moving into third place (former U-M player Jessica Merchant with 49). She is also now fifth on the career RBI list with 171. Her career slugging percentage of .615 ranks fourth all-time. Lane swiped a career-high seven bases and provided steady leadership at second base. Lane was also named All-Big Ten first team at second base.
This is the 16th season multiple Wolverines earned spots on NFCA All-America teams, the last coming in 2011 (Lane along with former players Chidester, Jordan Taylor and Bree Evans). Lane and Romero were two of five Big Ten Conference players to earn All-America honors.
Michigan begins play in the Women's College World Series today (May 30) against No. 1 Oklahoma at 8:30 p.m. CDT at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Okla. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2.
2013 NFCA Division I All-America
Keilani Ricketts, P, Oklahoma
Blaire Luna, P, Texas
Hannah Rogers, P, Florida
Amber Freeman, C, Arizona State
Lauren Chamberlain, 1B, Oklahoma
Lauren Gibson, 2B, Tennessee
Raven Chavanne, 3B, Tennessee
Madison Shipman, SS, Tennessee
Janie Takeda, OF, Oregon
Cassidy Bell, OF, Penn State
Kayla Braud, OF, Alabama
Kaitlin Inglesby, UT, Washington
Alexa Peterson, UT, Oregon
Chelsea Thomas, P (AL), Missouri
Lauren Haeger, UT-P (AL), Florida
Taylor Hoagland, 3B (AL), Texas
Rachele Fico, P (AL), LSU
Jessica Moore, P (AL), Oregon
Olivia Galati, P, Hofstra
Dallas Escobedo, P, Arizona State
Jolene Henderson, P, California
Megan Baltzell, C, Longwood
Alicja Wolny, 1B, Louisville
Katie Keller, 2B, Louisville
Shelby Pendley, 3B, Oklahoma
Cheyenne Coyle, SS, Arizona State
Haylie McCleney, OF, Alabama
B.B. Bates, OF, UCLA
Brianna Turang, OF, Oklahoma
Tatum Edwards, UT, Nebraska
Cali Lanpher, UT, Texas A&M
Sierra Romero, SS (AL), Michigan
Kaila Hunt, 2B (AL), Alabama
Emilee Koerner, OF (AL), Notre Dame
Brianna Cherry, OF (AL), Louisiana Lafayette
Hannah Campbell, P (AL), South Alabama
Kaia Parnaby, P, Hawaii
Aimee Creger, P, Tulsa
Lacey Waldrop, P, Florida State
Sarah Draheim, C, Louisiana Lafayette
Geri Ann Glasco, 1B, Georgia
Kaylan Howard, 2B, Oregon
Kaitlyn Richards, 3B, Minnesota
Taylor Thom, SS, Texas
Tomeka Watson, OF, Elon
Maggie Hull, OF, Kansas
A.J. Andrews, OF, LSU
Jackie TRaina, UT/P, Alabama
Brooke Short, UT, Longwood
Sara Nevins, P (AL), South Florida
Jennifer Gilbert, OF (AL), Ball State
Stephanie Pasquale, C (AL), Temple
Ashley Lane, 2B (AL), Michigan
Mel Dumezich, P (AL), Texas A&M
Contact: Michael Kasiborski (734) 763-4423
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