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Sierra Romero back at UM for games with pro team

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News
Sierra Romero

Former Michigan softball standout Sierra Romero, the National Player of the Year last season, returns this week to Alumni Field … as a professional player.

Romero, along with former Wolverines Lauren Sweet and Jordan Taylor, are teammates on the USSSA Florida Pride, the three-time Cowles Cup champions, and will be back on Michigan’s Alumni Field this week for games against Akron and Chicago.

Romero will miss Monday’s game because she is in Los Angeles for the Honda Cup sports awards. She will receive the Honda Sport Award as the nation’s top softball player and is a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year award that will be presented Monday night.

The Pride will face the Akron Racers Monday at 6:30 p.m. and the Chicago Bandits on Tuesday and Wednesday at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students, and children 5 and under pay no admission. All seating is general admission. To purchase, visit MGoBlue.com/tickets or call (866) 296-MTIX. All games will be carried live on CBS Sports Network.

Romero, who help lead the Wolverines to three World Series appearances in the last four years, also has been nominated by the ESPYs for Best Female College Athlete.

Last season, Romero batted .451 and had 76 runs, 73 hits, 19 home runs and 79 RBI. She ranked third nationally with 1.29 runs per game and 1.32 RBI per game, and was sixth with a .577 on-base percentage and .883 slugging percentage.

Romero was three-time Big Ten Player of the Year and holds NCAA records for career runs (302) and grand slams (11) and is the only player in NCAA history to have 300 runs, 300 hits and 300 RBI.