Michigan senior second baseman Sierra Romero just barely missed out on being named the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year the past two years, finishing as a top-3 finalist both times.
Tuesday, she finally won the award, marking just the latest achievement in a career full of them.
Romero, who was honored by the Amateur Softball Association at the Women’s College World Series kickoff reception in Oklahoma City, became the first player in school history to have won the award.
Having enjoyed a statistically outstanding career, Romero has rewritten both school and NCAA record books while leading a senior class that has tallied 209 wins thus far.
She is the first player in NCAA history to have tallied 300 runs, hits and RBI, while she also ranks No. 1 all-time in runs scored and career grand slams with 300 and 11, respectively.
Romero has made an impact at Michigan ever since her freshman year. She started as a shortstop her first two years before switching to second base, and she was named an All-American in each of her first three years at Michigan.
As a junior, she was named the espnW Softball Player of the Year en route to leading her team to a second-place finish at the WCWS.
In her final season — despite battling a nagging back injury for most of the season — Romero is batting .465 with 19 home runs and 78 RBI, along with on-base and slugging percentages of .585 and .916, respectively.
Now, she’ll look to lead the Wolverines to their first national championship since 2005.