Romero Named One of Three POY Finalists

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma

NORMAN — Oklahoma senior infielder Sydney Romero has been named one of three finalists for the 2019 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award, USA Softball announced Thursday. 

Romero is one of the top offensive producers in the country this season. She currently ranks fourth nationally in total bases (154) and sacrifice flies (six), 11th in hits (79), 15th in runs per game (1.07), 16th in slugging percentage (.837), 19th in toughest to strikeout (27.9 at-bats per strikeout), 20th in batting average (.429) and 21st in home runs (18).

The 2019 Big 12 Player of the Year, Romero leads all active Division I players with 309 career hits and 826 career at-bats. She ranks second with 536 career total bases and fourth with 220 runs scored and 211 RBIs.

Last weekend, Romero made her 817th career at-bat to set the OU career record (she now has 826). The senior also tied the program record with her 13th career sacrifice fly on Sunday. She is on the verge of breaking three other OU career records, ranking second in the following career categories: hits (309), doubles (55) and total bases (527). 

Romero joins UCLA's Rachel Garcia and James Madison's Megan Good as the finalists for the most prestigious honor in Division I women's collegiate softball. The 2019 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year will be revealed May 28.

Oklahoma alumna and current volunteer assistant coach Keilani Ricketts was a two-time recipient of the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award.

Up next, Oklahoma hosts No. 16 seed Northwestern in the NCAA Norman Super Regional this weekend. Play begins Friday at 2 p.m. CT at Marita Hynes Field.