For the second time this season, freshman Courtney Coppersmith (York, Pa.) has been named both America East Pitcher and Rookie of the Week, the conference announced Tuesday morning. She has now earned each honor four times so far this season.
The lefty tossed a perfect game against Binghamton on Sunday and also went 3-for-3 with three RBI from the plate in the game as UMBC took a series from Binghamton for first time since 2009. It was just the second perfect game in program history. For the week, Coppersmith went 3-0 in four appearances, and in 16.2 innings she struck out 30 batters, allowing just two hits, two walks and two ER. She also struck out 10 of 11 batters faced over 3.2 innings of relief over two games in DH sweep of Eastern Shore. On Saturday, she struck out 13 and scored winning run in 4-2 win over Binghamton.
The UMBC Softball team (15-12, 2-1 AE) jumps back to non-conference play when it hosts Norfolk State for a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Wednesday.
Sierra Pierce (Youngstown, Ohio) and Kaly Winslow (Leesburg, Va.) lead the Retriever offense. Pierce has team-bests in batting average (.366), hits (30), doubles (11) and is tied with Winslow for the team lead with 20 RBI. Winslow has a team-high five homers and a .589 slugging percentage.
Scouting Norfolk State (17-12, 5-1 MEAC):
The Spartans enters the week winners of three in a row and five of six. They've been in conference play for two weeks as they swept visiting Maryland Eastern Shore this past weekend (8-1, 10-0, 7-3) and took two of three at Morgan State (7-0, 6-5, 6-5(L)).
NSU has a high-powered offense, batting .284 as a team with 16 home runs and 129 RBI. Shelby DesChamps is batting .424 with 42 hits, seven doubles, two triples, .566 slugging, .477 on-base percentage and is 17-for-18 on stolen base attempts. Kylee Lopez is batting .356 with 4 homers and a team-high 27 RBI, while Tuli Iosefa has team-bests in homers (six) and doubles (eight) and also has 23 RBI and a .291 average.
In the circle, Hunter Halford has started 17 games and is 9-7 with a 2.50 ERA. Skylar Swain is 5-4 with a 2.85 ERA in 10 starts.