Michigan’s Sierra Romero ranked nation’s top player

The Detroit News
Sierra Romero

Michigan senior second baseman Sierra Romero is the nation’s best college softball player, according to espnW, which compiled a list of the top 25.

Wolverines junior pitcher Megan Betsa checks in at No. 23.

Romero was the espnW national Player of the Year in 2015 after leading the Wolverines to the Women’s College World Series championship finals. She hit .449 with 22 homers, 83 RBI and 58 walks.

She was a first-team All-American in 2014 and 2015, and second team in 2013. She also was named Big Ten Player of the Year in 2013 and 2014.

Romero is off to another hot start her senior season, with a .583 average, two homers and seven RBI through five games.

Betsa was a second-team All-American last year and the Big Ten Pitcher of the Year. She was 31-5 with a 1.72 ERA, with 333 strikeouts over 211.1 innings. She had 24 complete games and 11 shutouts.

This year Betsa is 2-0 with a 2.10 ERA. She has 20 strikeouts over 10 innings.

Rounding out the top five on the espnW list are Alabama center fielder Haylie McCleney, Oregon pitcher Cheridan Hawkins, Florida second baseman Kelsey Stewart and Georgia second baseman Alex Hugo.