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BASEBALL AMERICA TOUTS UMBC AS NORTHEAST CONFERENCE FAVORITES; KOSMICKY SELECTED PRE-SEASON PLAYER OF YEAR
UMBC has been selected by Baseball America to win their second consecutive Northeast Conference championship and projects the Retrievers as an NCAA Tournament team. In addition, the Retrievers were ranked as the 100th best team in the country. Four players, JR catcher Scott Kosmicky, SR shortstop Jared Boyd, SR first baseman Jeff Fraley, and SR designated hitter Greg Deboy were named to the pre-season All-Conference squad. Further, Kosmicky was tabbed as the Player of the Year and the NEC's top prospect. UMBC opens the 2002 season at Liberty on February 23.