UMBC’s Coluccio, Maine’s Lawrence and Marks Take Home Baseball Weekly Honors
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – UMBC junior Brandon Coluccio was named America East Player of the Week, while Maine junior Tommy Lawrence earned Pitcher of the Week honors and freshman Jake Marks was named Rookie of the Week, the conference office announced Monday.
The three were honored for their performances during the first weekend of conference play that saw Maine, UMBC and Hartford get off to 2-1 starts while Stony Brook, Binghamton and Albany were all 1-2.
Coluccio (Freehold, N.J.) had seven hits in 11 at-bats to help UMBC take two of three from Binghamton to open the conference season and earn Player of the Week. The junior had multiple hits in each of the three games of the series, while also scoring three runs and driving in three runs over the weekend. He was second in the conference in batting average at .583, while leading the league in slugging (.750) for the week. Coluccio went three-for-three in a series-opening win, driving in one run, scoring two and hitting two doubles. He follow that with a two-for-three performance in game two and a two-for-five day with two RBI and one run scored in the series finale.
Lawrence (West Haven, Conn.) was outstanding for Maine to earn his first career Pitcher of the Week honor. The junior tossed a complete game shutout against reigning champion Stony Brook on the road, scattering seven hits while striking out seven in the process, leading the Black Bears to a 1-0 win. Maine went on to take two of three in the series.
Marks (Sarnia, Ontario, Canada) earned his first Rookie of the Week honor after not allowing a run in two appearances for Maine last week. The freshman threw a complete-game shutout in a non-conference game against Florida Atlantic, going all nine innings while allowing just three hits, one walk and striking out eight as Maine defeated FAU, 8-0. He the closed Maine’s game on Sunday at Stony Brook, pitching a perfect final inning for the Black Bear in a, 8-3, win while striking out one.
2013 America East Baseball Weekly Award Winners
Feb. 18 –Player of the Week: Colin Gay (Maine); Pitcher of the Week: Frankie Vanderka (Stony Brook); Rookie of the Week: Daniel Zamora (Stony Brook)
March 4 – Player of the Week: Jake Thomas (Binghamton); Pitcher of the Week: Jay Lynch (Binghamton); Rookie of the Week: Jake Cryts (Binghamton)
March 11 – Player of the Week: Jordon Smucker (Binghamton); Pitcher of the Week: Frankie Vanderka (Stony Brook ); Rookie of the Week: Austin Shives (Stony Brook)
March 18 – Player of the Week: Brandon Coluccio (UMBC); Pitcher of the Week: Tommy Lawrence (Maine); Rookie of the Week: Jake Marks (Maine)