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JARED BOYD NAMED NEC BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR; GLASCOCK, WILSON, & SHULER ALSO EARN CONFERENCE HONORS
UMBC senior shorstop Jared Boyd was named the Northeast Conference Player of the Year.
UMBC senior shortstop Jared Boyd was named the Northeast Conference Player of the Year in a vote conducted by league coaches. In addition to Boyd, third baseman Brad Glascock and pitcher Joe Wilson were named to the First Team. Senior center fielder John Shuler earned Second Team honors.Following a terrific junior season in which he was named first team all-NEC, Boyd developed into a franchise player for defending NEC champion UMBC in 2002. The slick fielding shortstop has put up eye-popping numbers at the plate for the Retrievers, none more impressive that his 30 doubles, the top figure in the nation this season. Boyd, who is second in the league with a .396 average, tops the NEC in runs (53), hits (76), total bases (128) and on-base percentage (.474). He is also the third leading run producer on the circuit with 50 RBI and ranks second with a .667 slugging percentage. Boyd, a native of Perth Amboy, New Jersey, becomes the first UMBC player to winNEC Player of the Year honors.