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George Sipple | Detroit Free Press | June 1, 2016

College softball: Michigan's Sierra Romero named player of the year

Michigan's Sierra Romero is batting .465 with 19 home runs and 78 RBIs this season.

Michigan's Sierra Romero was named the 2016 USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year on Monday.

The announcement was made during a banquet for the teams that will play in the Women's College World Series starting Thursday.

No.2-seed Michigan (51-5) opens against No.10-seed LSU (50-16) at 9:30 on Thursday.

A star second-baseman for the Wolverines, Romero is batting .465 with 72 hits, 19 home runs, 78 RBIs and 74 runs scored in 56 games this season. She became the first player to reach the 300-300-300 plateau in career hits, RBIs and runs scored. This was the third consecutive year Romero was one of the final three for the award.

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Romero is the second player in conference history to garner three Big Ten Player of the Year awards. She was also a four-time unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selection.

Romero is the NCAA career leader in runs scored (300) and grand slams (11). Kasey Cooper of Auburn and Aleshia Ocasio of Florida were the other finalists this season.

The award is voted on by coaching representatives from 10 Division I conference, past award winners and media.

Asked about the award Monday in Ann Arbor, before the team left for Oklahoma, Romero said:

"The other two players up for the award are really good players as well. So I don't think I'm entitled to anything at all. I'm more than happy with my last four years as a Division I softball player. I think I've proven myself enough and I don't have anybody to impress or make proud other than my teammates, my coaches and my family. That's really all I'm worried about."

Michigan coach Carol Hutchins said Monday: "I only know Sierra Romero's information and I just know one thing, I'm glad she's on our team. She's one of the greatest players to wear a softball uniform, any uniform. The rest is up to everybody else. It's what they think."

This article was written by George Sipple from Detroit Free Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.


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