Michigan senior Sierra Romero has another award to add to her impressive resume: USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year. Romero was honored with the award Tuesday night in Oklahoma City. She became the first national player of the year in program history. The Wolverines’ star second baseman is batting .465 with 72 hits, 19 home runs, 78 RBIs and 74 runs scored in 56 games this season. Romero beat out Auburn’s Kasey Cooper and Florida’s Aleshia Ocasio for the award. Now, she will look to add one more final piece to her storied career: national champion. Romero and the
College sports fans live for gamedays: tailgating on a crisp autumn afternoon, jumping for joy after a game-winning buzzer-beater, seeing the go-ahead goal or run scored in a tight contest. While the spectacle of sport is what draws the fans, the things student-athletes do off the field often proves to be much more valuable. Marisa Bast got such an opportunity to make a difference three years ago. At the time a rising senior and third baseman on the Northwestern softball team, Bast was searching for a field-study subject for NU’s undergraduate leadership certificate program. Initially, nothing she found really stuck.
BTN will offer its most extensive baseball and softball coverage ever in 2016, with over 360 games airing on BTN/BTN2Go and BTN Plus for the upcoming season. BTN’s television coverage of Big Ten baseball begins with a non-conference showdown between Purdue and No. 5 Louisville on Wednesday, March 23 at 6 p.m. ET. Last season, Illinois won its 30th outright Big Ten title, but Michigan won the Big Ten Tournament Championship and appeared in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2008. The Big Ten coaches voted the Wolverines as the 2016 conference favorite, however they figure to face