Five Retrievers Garner America East All-Conference Softball Honors


Lauren Brummell

Katie Ferguson

Julia Culotta

Stephanie Weigman

Jessica Warner

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.Five Retrievers were named to America East all-conference teams for softball, the conference announced Wednesday. Awards were decided by a vote of the league's seven head coaches.


Senior second baseman Lauren Brummell (Hanover, Va./Hanover) and junior utility player Katie Ferguson (North East, Md./North East/Cecil CC) were selected to the first team, while senior left fielderJulia Culotta (Street, Md./North Harford/Tennessee) and senior pitcher Stephanie Weigman (Elkridge, Md./Archbishop Spalding) were named to the second team. In addition, freshman third basemanJessica Warner (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) earned All-Rookie honors.


Brummell leads the America East with 55 hits and ranks fourth with 12 doubles while batting .340, third-best on the team. In addition, she has five home runs, 25 RBIs and 29 runs scored on the year, and she is 8-for-10 on the base paths. A 2008 all-rookie team member and 2009 all-conference second-team selection, Brummell ranks second all-time at UMBC with 47 career doubles and became the ninth Retriever ever to collect 200 career hits last month.


Ferguson is having an outstanding inaugural campaign at UMBC after earning junior college All-America honors at Cecil College in 2010. She is batting .345 with 50 hits, including seven doubles and eight homers, to go along with 29 RBIs and 36 runs scored. Also an outstanding fielder, Ferguson has committed just four errors in a team-high 276 chances at first base, in the outfield and on the mound for a .986 fielding percentage. In addition, she has posted a 4-3 record and a 3.14 ERA with 27 strikeouts in 51.1 innings of work.


Culotta is having a career season in her final campaign in the black and gold, ranking in the top five in the America East in average (.391), slugging percentage (.662), on-base percentage (.512), runs scored (37), total bases (88) and walks (31). Culotta has also belted nine doubles and nine home runs, both career highs, and her 21 career long balls rank seventh all-time at UMBC. In addition, she is 8-for-10 in stolen base attempts.


Weigman leads the America East with 16 wins and ranks second with 133 strikeouts and 14 complete games this season. She has posted a 16-13 record and a 3.21 ERA in 168.0 innings of work spanning 31 appearances, including 29 starts. Weigman is UMBC's all-time leader in nearly every pitching category, including wins (64), strikeouts (769) and complete games (71). In addition, the 2008 all-rookie team member is the only pitcher in UMBC history to strike out 100 batters or more in all four seasons.


Warner had an outstanding rookie season, batting .307 with nine doubles, five home runs and 26 RBIs, and she ranked fourth in the league among all freshmen in batting average. But she was even better against America East opponents, ranking eighth in the conference with a .385 average while leading the Retrievers with eight extra-base hits and a .654 slugging percentage. She also recorded a league-high 111 assists on the season between shortstop and third base.


Binghamton outfielder Jessica Phillips and Boston Universityoutfielder April Setterlund shared Player of the Year honors, whileBoston U.'s Holli Floetker was tabbed Pitcher of the Year. Terrier first baseman Chelsea Kehr was named Rookie of the Year, and BU's Shawn Rychcik repeated as Coach of the Year.


The fourth-seeded Retrievers, who return to the America East Championship after missing it last season for the first time since 2005, open the double-elimination tournament against two-time defending America East champion and top-seeded Boston University on Thursday at 1 p.m. at BU Softball Field.