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HEBB, PICKERAL SELECTED TO NFCA ALL-REGION FIRST TEAM; NICHOLSON TO SECOND TEAM
Junior Lauren Hebb (Bowie, MD/PGCC) and sophomore Kristie Pickeral (Hughesville, MD/Thomas Stone) were selected to the 2003 National Fast Pitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Mid-Atlantic All-Region First Team, while freshman Lauren Nicholson (Audobon, NJ/Paul VI) was selected to the Second Team.
Hebb, UMBC's starting centerfielder, was a First Team All-Northeast Conference selection, as she batted .368 on the season, while leading the league in home runs with 15. Pickeral, NEC's softball Player of the Year, had a .387 batting average in her second year as a Retriever, playing in all 62 games with 77 hits and 59 RBI's. Along with teammate Lisa Boone, both Hebb and Pickeral were chosen as co-MVP's at UMBC's annual varsity awards ceremony.
Nicholson, the rookie starting pitcher, earned Second Team honors, as she went 10-2 in conference play this year, and 18-10 overall with a 2.26 ERA.