Dent, Weiman Sweep ACC Softball Player of Week Honors
April 16, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. – For the second time this season, NC State softball has swept the weekly awards from the ACC, the conference announced on Tuesday, as senior centerfielder Caitlin Dent and sophomore righthanded pitcher Emily Weiman were named Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively.
Dent, who had seven home runs in her previous two years as a starter, had the biggest week of her career, blasting six home runs against Campbell and No. 24 North Carolina, helping the Wolfpack (23-18-1 overall, 7-7 ACC) to a 4-1 record on the week, a doubleheader sweep over the Camels and a series win over the Tar Heels.
Though she had no previous multiple home run games in her career, Dent had three two-homer games during the week, including a three-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Pack an 11-8 victory in the second game on Saturday against North Carolina.
A senior from Boynton Beach, Fla., Dent went 7-for-17 with seven extra-base hits for a .412 batting average in the five games. She scored seven runs and tallied 14 RBIs and walked twice. On the season, she leads the Wolfpack with 37 RBIs and is second in home runs (10), batting average (.298), and slugging percentage (.612).
Weiman picked up four wins -- including two against UNC junior pitcher Lori Spingola, the reigning ACC Pitcher of the Year -- as she threw every inning in five games for NC State last week. She had a complete game shutout against Campbell and only gave up one earned run in her only loss of the week in the series opener against the Tar Heels.
A sophomore from Pasadena, Md., Weiman held North Carolina to three hits and only one earned run in two different games. She has been the winning pitcher in all five of the Wolfpack’s wins over ranked teams this season. Weiman’s victory on Saturday was her 20th of the season, as she became only the sixth pitcher in program history to reach that mark. In her career, she has won 35 games, which ranks fourth in school history.
Earlier this season, Weiman and junior catcher Kirsty Grant were named Pitcher and Player of the Week after leading the Wolfpack to a two-game sweep of No. 19 Virginia Tech.
This is the third time this season Weiman has won the league’s weekly honor.