FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University senior catcher Laurie Niego and freshman shortstop Heather Garrison have been named to the 2003 Peach Belt Conference All-Conference Softball Team.
Niego, a 5-8 right-handed hitter, earns the honor for the third straight season.
A native of Chicago, Ill., Niego batted .371 with seven home runs, 45 runs batted in, a .583 slugging percentage, and a .440 on-base percentage. She also scored 23 runs and recorded seven doubles. She committed only three errors in 203 chances for a .985 fielding percentage, and allowed only 22 stolen bases in 38 games behind the plate.
During the season, she led the Patriots with 14 multiple-RBI games, while also recording 15 multiple-hit games.
Niego, a product of Homewood-Flossmoor Community High School, is the FMU career leader in hits (233), doubles (47), and RBIs (157), while appearing in 210 games.
Garrison hit .390 and led Francis Marion with 17 doubles and 46 RBIs. She was second on the squad in runs scored (43) and slugging percentage (.596), while also hitting four home runs. She recorded a .428 on-base percentage and was a perfect five-for-five in stolen bases.
The Hartsville High School product also posted 19 multiple-hit games and 12 multiple-RBI games, and during the season she recorded an 11-game hitting streak.
The two helped lead the Patriots to a 36-9 record, equaling the third-highest win total in the program’s history, and a No. 19 national ranking at the end of the regular season. FMU finished fourth during the Peach Belt regular season.
By virtue of her performance in the last weekend’s PBC Tournament, junior pitcher/designated hitter Natalie Taylor earned All-Tournament Team honors. In three contests, she batted .545 with four runs scored and recorded one pitching win.