The Wolverine

August 2013

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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Coming Out Swinging Shortstop Sierra Romero Was Named The Big Ten's Best Player As A Rookie M By Andy Reid ichigan softball coach Carol Hutchins expects a lot from her freshmen. While many coaches allow first-year players to take some time to adjust to college and the talent around them, Hutchins has often said, "You only get four years, so why would you waste one, playing like a freshman?" Female Rookie Of The Year Sierra Romero When she first encountered Sierra Romero, the Wolverines' superstar rookie, Hutchins knew the shortstop was a player who would make an immediate impact. "I saw it about two years ago when we started recruiting her," Hutchins said. "She was one of those kids who immediately stuck out, head over heels, above everybody else. "What you saw on the field this year, she has been doing that since she was a ninth grader. She's not a big, imposing kid, but you watch her for a game or two, and she immediately stands out. Every time I went to a game of hers, people were commenting on her performance. She is so incredibly talented." By the time Romero signed her letter of intent to play at Michigan — deciding to move all the way across the country from her home in Murrieta, Calif., to play for the Wolverines –— she was one of the most decorated softball prospects in the 2012 class. She was a high school All-American, according to ESPN, MaxPreps and the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. She finished as a runner-up in the California Miss Softball voting and was rated the No. 3 prospect in the country by ESPN. Romero was one of the nation's most sought-after recruits, but in U-M she found everything she was looking for. "Once I committed to Michigan that was it," Romero said. "It was a done deal. I gave Hutch my word, and all my focus was on being a Wolverine and representing the block M. Nothing else mattered. 

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