Michigan’s Romero finalist for national player of the year

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News
Sierra Romero

Michigan’s Sierra Romero, the three-time Big Ten Player of the Year, is one of three finalists for the 2016 USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award.

The finalists for the award, considered the most prestigious honor in Division I women’s collegiate softball, were announced Wednesday.

Auburn’s Kasey Cooper and Florida’s Aleshia Ocasio are the other finalists.

“You can’t deny what the statistics say,” Michigan coach Carol Hutchins told The Detroit News about Romero last week. “I always say she’s arguably the best player and not just at Michigan but ever. She’s the complete package. Her idea of a slump is to have a bad weekend. She doesn’t understand what a slump is.”

The winner will be announced May 31 two days before the start of the NCAA College World Series.

Second-ranked Michigan hosts Missouri in a Super Regional on Saturday and Sunday at Alumni Field. The winner advances to the World Series in Oklahoma City.

Romero ranks in the Top 10 with a .470 batting average, a .588 on-base percentage, 76 RBI and a .934 slugging percentage while belting 19 home runs.