Sierra Romero inducted to Michigan Sports Hall of Fame

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Savanna Collins
Sep 21, 2023

Sierra Romero’s place as a Michigan legend was celebrated last weekend after being inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.

The Athletes Unlimited Softball infielder was one of two Michigan Wolverines in the 10-person 2023 class who were inducted on Sept. 14 at the Motor City Casino’s Sound Board. Romero was honored alongside fellow Wolverine Lamar Woodley, one of the most decorated defensive players in UM football program history, as well as athletes from Michigan State, the Detroit Pistons, Detroit Red Wings and more.

The MSHOF is a a nonprofit committed to preserving the State of Michigan’s sports history and celebrating the State’s legendary athletes, coaches, and contributors. Romero is the sixth softball player inducted into the MSHOF, joining her head coach Carol Hutchins (2011 class) and another recent honoree Jennie Ritter (class of 2022).

Romero played for the Wolverines from 2013 to 2016 and was named the 2016 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year, NFCA Division I Player of the Year and the Honda Award recipient for softball. In her historic senior season, Romero posted a .451 batting average, 76 runs, 73 hits, 19 home runs, and 79 runs batted in. That season, she also ranked nationally for:

  • 1.29 runs per game (third)
  • 1.32 RBI per game (third)
  • .577 on-base percentage (sixth)
  • .833 slugging percentage (sixth)

She is the first four-time NFCA All-American in Michigan program history, earning first-team honors each of the last three seasons. Romero was the inaugural winner of the espnW Softball Player of the Year award in 2015, a three-time Big Ten Player of the Year (2013, ’14, ’16), and a four-time unanimous selection to the All-Big Ten first team.

Sierra Romero walks red carpet at Michigan Sports Hall of Fame, reflects on softball legacy

Romero is still in the NCAA record books for her career runs (302) and grand slams (11). With her 300th run, scored in Super Regionals, she became the first player to ever record 300 runs, 300 hits, and 300 RBIs. She ranks fourth all-time in career RBIs (305) and slugging percentage (.882), and eighth in home runs (82) and walks (225).

A two-year Michigan team captain, Romero led a senior class that finished their careers 210-43, won four Big Ten titles and made three WCWS appearances.

She has continued her softball career professionally, spending the 2022 and 2023 seasons with Athletes Unlimited. Romero was a two-time captain during the 2023 season and finished 13th on the individual leaderboard.


Savanna Collins is the Digital Media Reporter at Athletes Unlimited. You can follow her on Twitter @savannaecollins.

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