Towson, Md.-- Junior Kaly Winslow (Leesburg, Va.) was named America East Player of the Week, while Courtney Coppersmith (York, Pa.) earned her third America East of Week nod of the season, the conference announced Tuesday.Winslow batted .500 with two homers and seven RBI as UMBC went 3-1 in four games in Washington D.C. Coppersmith went 2-1 with two complete game shutouts, while adding two RBI and three hits at the plate.
The UMBC Softball team traveled up the beltway for an afternoon doubleheader at Towson. The Tigers swept by scores 3-0 and
UMBC (6-8) loaded the bases in the first after Julia Keffler (Huntingtown, Md.), Maddie Daigneau (New River, Md.) and Sierra Pierce (Youngstown, Ohio) all singled, but a pair of strikeouts ended the threat. A two-out error in the bottom of the first allowed two runs to score and put Towson (8-6) up 2-0. Both teams went scoreless until a passed ball in the bottom of the fourth gave the Tigers another unearned run.
After the three hit first, the Retrievers only managed one more hit the rest of the game, a Daigneau double in the fifth. The Retrievers outhit Towson 4-3 in the contest. Coppersmith (4-4) pitched all six innings, striking out 11, allowing just three hits and no earned runs.
UMBC appeared to get on the board in the first when Keffler scored on a sac fly, but the umpires ruled Keffler left early and removed the run from the board. Towson scored in the bottom of the first after a triple and a ground out to take a 1-0 lead.
The Retrievers answered in the top of the second after Pierce was hit by a pitch, and both Anna Lonchar (Bristow, Va.) and Coppersmith singled. Valerie Hammett (Mechanicsville, Md.) then drove in Pierce with a single up the middle to tie the game. Towson, however, answered back with a run in the bottom of the inning to retake the lead, and in the third they added another two runs on a two-run home run.
In the fourth, Lonchar walked, Coppersmith singled and both moved over on a Winslow sacrifice bunt. Lonchar then scored on a wild pitch to cut the Tiger advantage to 4-2. After Towson got the run back in the bottom of the fourth, Logan Hawker (Mechanicsville, Va.) smacked an RBI single to left to score Keffler in the top of the fifth to once again cut the Tiger lead to two, 5-3. However, the hosts added three more in the bottom of the fifth to make it 8-3. In the seventh, Keffler and Daigneau legged out infield singles to start the inning and both scored on a Hawker double to the left center gap to make it 8-5.
Gillian McCarthy (Northfield, N.J.) started and went 4.0+ innings, allowing eight runs (seven earned) on seven hits. Coppersmith went 3-for-4 at the plate and entered to pitch in relief. She went two scoreless innings in relief and struck out four and walked none.
The UMBC Softball team heads to College Park, Md on Thursday for a doubleheader against Rhode Island and Maryland. First pitch against the Rams is set for 12:30 p.m., while the battle with the Terps is slated for 3 p.m.