The UMBC Softball team looks to continue its best start since 2015 when it hosts Binghamton to open America East play this weekend.
Logan Hawker (Mechanicsville, Va.) and Kaly Winslow(Leesburg, Va.) each hit a run-rule walk-off homer as the UMBC Softball team cruised to a doubleheader sweep of Maryland Eastern Shore on Thursday afternoon.
Hawker's two-run blast in the bottom of the sixth of game one gave the Retrievers a 10-1 win, while Winslow's three-run sixth inning bomb ended UMBC's 11-3 victory in game two. Four different Retrievers homered, 10 had hits, nine drove in at least one run and nine scored at least one run. Coutney Coppersmith (York, Pa.) entered in relief of both games, retiring all 11 batters she faced, 10 of them via strike out and picking up the win in game two.
With the sweep, UMBC improved to 13-11, surpassing last season's win total of 12.
The Retrievers are on pace to shatter almost all offensive season highs from last season. Winslow's five homers and 20 RBI this season would've lead the team in both categories in 2018. Sierra Pierce (Youngstown, Ohio) has a team-best .370 average and her 18 RBI in 24 games are already eight more than her total in 39 games last season (33 fewer at-bats).
Coppersmith is 9-6 with a 1.64 ERA and her 160 strikeouts have already broken the UMBC freshman record of 141 set by Stephanie Weigman in 2008. Her nine wins are the most by a UMBC pitcher since Kim Puccio finished 9-9 in 2017.
Scouting Binghamton (10-12):
The Bearcats come to Baltimore having swept Cornell on Wednesday in their home opener. BU took game 1, 8-7, and exploded for a 10-1 win in game 2. UMBC also faced Cornell three weeks ago at the Colonial invite at George Washington. The Retrievers defeated the Big Red, 10-0 (5).
Three-time America East Rookie of the Week Marissa Braito leads the Bearcat offense with a .353 average, 24 hits, 14 runs, 13 walks, 33 total bases and nine stolen bases. Alex Guay is slugging .509 with a team-high 13 RBI and tied for the team lead in homers with two.
Chelsea Howard has pitched to a 2-2 record with a 3.29 ERA in 12 appearances, including three starts. Maryland native Rayn Gibson has started 11 games for BU this season and has a 5-5 record with a 4.30 ERA.
The two teams will have a doubleheader starting at noon on Saturday, and will wrap-up the series on Sunday at 1 p.m.