July 8, 2013
BRAMPTON, Ontario -- University of Michigan rising sophomores Sierra Lawrence (Norcross, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian) and Sierra Romero (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta) helped the USA Junior Women's National team take home the silver medal on Sunday (July 7) following a week of competition at the International Softball Federation Junior Women's World Championship. Team USA lost the gold medal game 4-0 to Japan, the only defeat the squad suffered in during its nine tournament games.
Romero, the reigning Big Ten Player of the Year and All-American, stood out offensively for Team USA throughout the competition, starting eight games at shortstop and batting .500 (11-for-22). She smacked one home run, three doubles and a pair of triples for a slugging percentage of .955, and she finished with 10 runs batted in, second-most on the team. Romero had at least one hit in all but one of her starts, and highlighted her tournament with a 3-for-3 day, including a home run, and four RBI against Korea (July 4).
Lawrence, an All-Big Ten first team performer as a freshman, saw action in nine games for Team USA, splitting her time in leftfield and as a pinch hitter and pinch runner off the bench. She started three games in leftfield and one at designated hitter. For the tournament she batted .300 (3-for-10) with two doubles, two RBI and four runs scored. Lawrence had an on-base percentage of .500, partly due to a team-high three hit-by-pitches.
Team USA breezed through its first eight games scoring 70 runs while yielding none, but Japan stymied the Eagles in the gold medal. The two teams sat through two rain delays and the game was eventually called in the top of the seventh inning. The Eagles officially concluded the tournament with a 9-1 record due to a forfeit by Venezuela.
Lawrence and Romero join former U-M All-Americans Jenny Allard (1987-90) and Maggie Viefhaus (2007-10) as Wolverine representatives to play for the USA Junior Women's World Team. The two were chosen to participate this year by a USA Softball selection committee.
Romero paced the Wolverines in 2013 in the Triple Crown categories, batting .379 with 23 home runs and 71 RBI. The 23 roundtrippers established a new U-M single season record. She was named the Big Ten Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year on the way to a NFCA All-America second team selection.
Lawrence established herself as the Wolverines' leftfielder early in the 2013 season and batted .314 with seven home runs, 38 RBI and tied for a team high with 11 stolen bases. She was named an All-Big Ten first teamer.
Contact: Michael Kasiborski (734) 763-4423
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