NORMAN – Oklahoma sophomore infielder Sydney Romero and junior pitcher Paige Lowary are among 43 invitees for the 2017 USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Camp, the Amateur Softball Association and USA Softball announced Monday.
The camp is scheduled to take place Jan. 1-5 at the Eddie C. Moore Softball Complex in Clearwater, Fla. Those athletes who accept the invitation to try out will vie for 17 spots on the 2017 USA Softball Women’s National Team roster.
During the selection process, athletes will participate in position drills as well as simulated games and be evaluated by the USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Committee. Athletes who make the 2017 USA Softball WNT roster will be competing at a Pan American Games/World Baseball Softball Confederation World Championship Qualifier in Florida, where the U.S. will look to qualify for the 2018 WBSC Women’s World Championship to be held in Chiba, Japan and the 2019 Pan American Games to be held in Lima, Peru.
Romero played in 64 of 65 games last year with 63 starts at third base in helping the Sooners win the national championship for the third time in program history. She was one of the toughest players in the nation to strike out, doing so just four times in 211 at-bats. That was the sixth-best strikeout rate in the country, and was the best at OU since at least the 1990 season.
She hit .346 on the year with 10 home runs, 14 doubles, three triples, six stolen bases, 39 runs batted in and 50 runs scored. Among her accolades, Romero was chosen for the 2016 Women’s College World Series All-Tournament Team, was a Second Team All-Region and All-Big 12 honoree, was chosen to the All-Big 12 Freshman Team and was one of 25 finalists for the NFCA Freshman of the Year.
The upcoming 2017 season will be the first for Lowary at Oklahoma after she spent her first two seasons at Missouri. A native of Dallas Center, Iowa, Lowary posted a 43-15 record with a 3.32 earned run average in 360.2 innings pitched with the Tigers. She struck out 315 with 181 walks while holding opponents to a .244 batting average. She made 57 starts in 81 appearances and tossed 22 complete games with four shutouts and added six saves.
This past season, she set career bests in ERA (3.25), wins (25), appearances (44), games started (31), complete games (16), shutouts (4) and innings pitched (198.0). She shined during the 2016 NCAA Regional when she threw three shutouts to advance Missouri to the Super Regionals.Romero and Lowary each have connections with USA Softball in the past. Romero was chosen for the 2016 USA Softball Women’s Elite Team in 2016, though she ultimately declined to play. Lowary was a member of the same Elite Team in 2015 and 2016.