College Park, Md.-- Sierra Pierce (Youngstown, Ohio) drove in all three UMBC runs on a pair of two-out singles, while Courtney Coppersmith (York, Pa.) struck out 13 and allowed just three base runners as the UMBC Softball team defeated Villanova, 3-0, on the final day of the Maryland Invite.
The game was scoreless until the third inning, when UMBC (7-10) finally broke through. The Retrievers had second and third with two outs after Julia Keffler (Huntingtown, Md) and Maddie Daigneau (New River, Ariz.) each singled then moved over on a ground out. Pierce followed with a hard hit single to left center to score both runs and put UMBC up 2-0.
In the fifth, Daigneau reached on a one out infield single and then stole second. Pierce once again came up clutch, smacking a single right up the middle to score Daigneau and extend the lead to 3-0.
Coppersmith cruised through the game, never allowing a Villanova (12-13) runner past first base. She allowed a two out walk in the bottom of the first, but the runner was promptly thrown out by catcher Anna Lonchar (Bristow, Va.) trying to steal second. She gave up her first hit of the game with two outs in the bottom of the fourth, but then struck out four straight batters. The Wildcats got a single up the middle to lead off the sixth, but Coppersmith got the next three in order to end the threat. She struck out the final two batters of the game, first swinging, then looking, to cap off her performance.
Pierce and Daigneau were the only players in the game with multiple hits, each recording two singles. Keffler had UMBC's other hit and also stole a base, while Chloe Obispo (Virginia Beach, Va.) worked two walks.
The Retriever softball team returns home to host local rival Coppin State for a double header beginning at 1 p.m. on Wednesday.