Big Ten Softball NCAA WCWS Release: June 1


•    Michigan senior second baseman Sierra Romero was named the 2016 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year at the NCAA Women’s College World Series Kickoff reception. Romero, a top-three finalist for the award in each of the last two seasons, is the first Wolverine in program history to earn the top collegiate honor.
•    Romero, the 2016 Big Ten Player of the Year and a unanimous All-Big Ten first team selection, ranks among the nation’s leaders in several major statistical categories, including batting average (eighth, .465), on-base percentage (sixth, .585) and slugging percentage (fourth, .916). She leads the nation with 1.38 RBI per game and is third with 1.32 runs scored per game.
•    Michigan leads the nation in on-base percentage (.463) and scoring (8.20), while ranking among the top-five in five other statistical categories, including batting average (.352), home runs per game (1.52), slugging percentage (.603), win-loss percentage (.911) and fielding percentage (.978).
•    Six Big Ten teams were selected to compete in the 2016 NCAA Division I Softball Tournament, the most to compete for the conference since 2009.
•    The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced its Academic All-America Teams with six selections from the Big Ten earning the distinction. Michigan’s Sara Driesenga and Nebraska’s Mattie Fowler earned first-team honors, while Illinois’ Allie Bauch was named to the second team as one of only five total players to earn the distinction in multiple seasons. Northwestern had two players earn third-team honors in Andrea Filler and Amy Letourneau, while Purdue’s Lilly Fecho was also named to the third team.


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