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#1 Niki Lau
Position: Outfield
Height: 5'2"
Year: Redshirt Freshman
Hometown: Centennial, Colo.
High School: Grandview

As a sophomore (2009): Played in all 55 games and started 53 ... averaged .276 at the plate ... scored 19 runs and had 42 hits, including two doubles ... compiled 10 RBI ... seven stolen bases out of nine attempts ... second on the team in walks with 16 ... 2 RBI against Mt. St. Mary's on March 15 ... two hits in 12 games on the year...named to ACC's All-Academic team.

As a Redshirt Freshman (2008): Saw action in 57 games, with 56 starts in center field ... batted .227 with 32 hits, 26 runs, a triple and six RBIs ... ranked third on the team in runs, third in stolen bases (eight), fourth in sacrifice bunts (nine) and fifth in walks (10) ... had seven multi-hit games ... recorded first career triple as part of a two-hit performance during an 8-0 win over UMBC on Feb. 27 ... went 2-for-3 with a career-high three runs during a victory over George Washington on April 23 ... had 57 putouts in centerfield.

As a Freshman (2007): Redshirted after undergoing shoulder surgery in the fall of 2006.

Before Maryland: Played four years of softball at Grandview High School in Aurora, Colo. ... also played three years of lacrosse and one year of basketball ... as a senior in 2005, captured first team all-state softball recognition from the Rocky Mountain News, Denver Post and Colorado High School Coaches Association ... a two-time all-league choice ... team co-captain as a senior ... earned a number of team awards during her career, including school record for batting average (.613, 2005), MVP (2005), Gold Glove (2004) and Impact Player (2003) ... helped her softball team to a top-eight finish in the state tournament in 2003 ... made four national tournament appearances on softball travel teams, including the ASA Nationals in 2004 and 2005 ... played on the Colorado ASA state champions in 2003.

Personal: Daughter of Cliff and Dee Dee Lau ... has one older brother, Joshua (23) ... was valedictorian of her senior class in 2006 ... says she is her own toughest opponent ... has made the Dean's List every semester thus far at Maryland ... lists a run-saving, over-the-shoulder catch in centerfield during a game against UMBC last season among her most thrilling sports moments ... enjoys photography and doing anything outdoors ... if she were a contestant on Survivor and could only take one thing with her, she would take her bible ... a kinesiology major.


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