Baltimore, Md.-- Junior Kaly Winslow (Leesburg, Va.) hit a three run homer and freshman pitcher Courtney Coppersmith (York, Pa.) struck out 12 in her fifth complete game shutout of the season as the UMBC Softball team defeated Robert Morris, 5-0, on the first day of the La Quinta Inn & Suites BWI Classic at UMBC.
UMBC (10-10) was the designated visiting team, and in the top of the first Julia Keffler (Huntingtown, Md.) lead off the game with an infield single. She then moved to second on a groundout, stole third and scored on a Logan Hawker (Mechanicsville, Va.) RBI grounder. Hawker actually reached on the grounder when the Robert Morris (4-18) fielder misplayed the ball. She eventually moved to third on a Sierra Pierce (Youngstown, Ohio) double and then scored on a wild pitch.
The score remained 2-0 until the top of the sixth when Valerie Hammett (Mechanicsville, Md.) doubled to left and Anna Lonchar (Bristow, Va.) reached on an infield single. Winslow then golfed an 0-2 pitch over the left field fence for her third homer of the season to put the Retrievers up 5-0.
Coppersmith (7-6) recorded at least one strikeout in every inning, including striking out the side in the third and sixth, and allowed just four hits.
UMBC faces Robert Morris tomorrow at 11 am, followed by a non-conference matchup with defending America East champion UAlbany at 1 p.m.