LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Michigan senior Sierra Romero has been named the inaugural Schutt Sports/NFCA Division I National Player of the Year, announced the Association on Thursday afternoon.
A four-time NFCA All-American, including three first-team nods, Romero is the first player in NCAA softball history to enter the 300-300-300 club with 302 runs, 305 RBI and 302 hits. Romero has scored more runs and hit more grand slams (11) than any player in NCAA Division I history and finished fourth all-time with a .882 slugging percentage and eighth with 82 home runs.
The Murrieta, Calif. native was named the 2016 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year and a nominee for the Honda Sports award. She ranked among national leaders with a .451 batting average (13th), .883 slugging percentage (6th), .577 on-base percentage (6th), 79 RBI (3rd), 1.32 RBI per game (3rd), 76 runs (t-2nd), 1.29 runs per game (3rd) and 19 home runs (t-12th).
Finishing a tremendous collegiate career, Romero contributed to a Wolverine senior class that posted a sterling 210-43 record, won four Big Ten titles and made three WCWS appearances over the last four seasons.
The award was voted on by the members of the NFCA’s Division I All-American and Coaching Staff of the Year Committee.