Kissimmee, FL (May 18, 2016) - USSSA’s 2016 draftee class is unreal to say the least. With the announcement of the Big 12 postseason honors, seven of our draftees have been recognized in their respective conferences’.
For the third year in a row, Big Ten’s Player of the Year award belongs to Michigan’s Sierra Romero, making Sierra the second player in Big 10 history to earn the honor three times. Romero was also selected All-Big Ten first team and is one of ten finalists for the 2016 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award.
In her senior season, Romero has led the Big 10 in four offensive categories: batting average (.485), slugging percentage (.947), on-base percentage (.600) and RBI (70). Sierra also recently broke the NCAA record with 294 career runs.
In the CAA Conference, Erica Field has earned a similar honor earning Defensive Player of the Year for the third consecutive year and a spot on the All-CAA first team. This season, Erica set a new James Madison record becoming JMU’s all-time leader in career hits with 256. She was also one of two CAA players to not commit an error this season and second in total putouts.
Heather Stearns out in the Big 12 conference wraps up the postseason honors with a first team selection. Stearns finished the season with a 19-6 record and a 1.91 ERA, leading the Big 12 in strikeouts/game and saves. Heather was also recognized for her academic achievement and was named CoSIDA Academic All-District.
Catch all of our draftees this Friday as the Road to the Women’s College World Series kicks off with regionals. Learn more about all regional qualifiers at NCAA.com!
Pride fans don’t forget to join us as we kick off the Pride season June 10th in Texas! Follow your Pride on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for game updates, news, and MORE!
About USSSA Florida Pride:
The USSSA Florida Pride is a professional franchise in the National Pro Fastpitch League that is owned and operated by USSSA. The amateur organization of USSSA has multi-sport coverage and encompasses teams and players from the United States and abroad.
About National Pro Fastpitch (NPF):
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2002, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in diamond sports beyond their collegiate success. The 2016 NPF season will be televised on CBS Sports Network. Coverage includes the NPF College Draft presented by Bownet on Thur., April 14, followed by 23 regular-season games, a Championship Series Preview Special and the 2016 NPF Championship Series. The NPF recently announced that the Scrap Yard Dawgs, located in The Woodlands, Texas, will join the Akron Racers, Chicago Bandits, Dallas Charge, Pennsylvania Rebellion and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2016 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the U.S., Australia, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands and New Zealand, representing the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.