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Culotta, Weigman Earn America East Weekly Softball Honors
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—UMBC seniors Julia Culotta (Street, Md./North Harford/Tennessee) and Stephanie Weigman (Elkridge, Md./Archbishop Spalding) were named America East Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for the week ending April 3, the conference announced Monday.
Culotta led the Retrievers to a three-game sweep of America East rival Stony Brook last weekend, batting .857 (6-for-7) with six hits and five walks, good for an impressive .917 on-base percentage, as she reached base in 10 straight trips to the plate. Two of her hits went for extra bases – a double and a homer – giving her a 1.429 slugging percentage. The left fielder also scored a team-best seven runs, drove in two and stole two bases in two attempts. Culotta’s best game of the weekend was the series finale, when she went 2-for-2 with double, a home run, two RBIs and three runs scored and also walked twice.
A team captain, Culotta is having a career year in her final campaign at UMBC. She leads the Retrievers with a .424 average and .533 on-base percentage, 23 RBIs, 29 runs scored, 19 walks and 59 total bases, and she ranks second on the team with six homers, five doubles, eight steals and a .694 slugging percentage. In addition, she leads the America East in runs scored and ranks second in batting average. This is the first Player of the Week award of her career, and the first for a Retriever since former teammate Amanda Fefel on April 26, 2010.
Weigman went 2-0 and recorded a save in 14.2 innings of work against the Seawolves. She allowed just two earned runs, good for a 0.95 ERA, and held Stony Brook to only nine hits and a .164 average for the series. Weigman, who fanned nine last week, became UMBC’s all-time wins leader (58) by not allowing an earned run and surrendering just five hits in a complete-game effort in the series finale on Sunday. It was the third career Pitcher of the Week award for the right-hander, but her first since May 4, 2009.
Weigman is also UMBC’s all-time leader in innings pitched (673.2), games started (99) and appearances (131), and she ranks second in complete games (63) and sixth in shutouts (9).
The awards are UMBC’s first of the season. The Retrievers return to action on Tuesday, when they visit