Coppersmith Throws Second Consecutive Conference No-Hitter and Strikes Out 28 in 11.1 Innings as Softball Splits With Maine

Photo: Ian Feldmann
Photo: Ian Feldmann

Baltimore, Md.-- Courtney Coppersmith (York, Pa.) threw her second consecutive America East no-hitter, while tying her own school record with 17 strikeouts, as the UMBC softball team split a doubleheader with Maine on Saturday.

The Retrievers took a 7-0 decision in Coppersmith's game 1 no-hitter, before dropping game 2, 4-0.

Coppersmith (13-6) entered in relief in game two and struck out 11 batters in 4.1 innings, allowing just one hit to finish the day with a combined 28 strikeouts, three walks and one hit allowed in 11.1 innings. The left handed freshman threw a perfect game last Sunday against Binghamton.

UMBC (18-13, 3-2 AE) used a five-run fourth inning to break open a scoreless affair, with all five runs coming with two outs. Sierra Pierce (Youngstown, Ohio), started the inning with a single, but was thrown out at second on Logan Hawker's (Mechanicsville, Va.) fielder's choice grounder. After a foul pop up for the second out, Anna Lonchar (Bristow, Va.) was hit by a pitch and Kaly Winslow (Leesburg, Va.) beat out an infield single to load the bases. Imani Dawson (Hanover, Md.) then blooped a single to the gap in right center to score Hawker and Lonchar and put the Retrievers up 2-0.

Dawson then moved up to second on a pickoff attempt at third and Julia Keffler (Huntingtown, Md.) followed with a two RBI single to right to make it 4-0. On Keffler's single, Winslow scored standing up, and Dawson scored on a collision at the plate, the ball got away from the catcher and Keffler advanced all the way to third. Maddie Daigneau (New River, Ariz.) capped the inning with an infield single to score Keffler and push the lead to 5-0.

Lonchar got on base on an error with two outs in the bottom of the fifth, and Winslow made Maine (8-19, 1-4 AE) pay when she crushed the first pitch she saw for a two run homer to put the Retrievers up 7-0. Coppersmith retired the seven of the final eight batters she faced, allowing one walk and striking out seven. She threw 102 pitches and only allowed three base runners the whole game, all three via walk. Winslow went 2-for-3 with the two run homer, while Keffler went 2-for-4 with two RBI. Dawson finished with a hit and two RBI, Daigneau added a hit and an RBI and Coppersmith recorded a single at the plate.

The Black Bears picked up four unearned runs in the top of the third in game 2 and never looked back. Coppersmith, Dawson and Keffler each singled in the game for UMBC, while Valerie Hammett (Mechanicsville, Md.) worked the only Retriever walk of the game.

The teams will meet for the rubber match tomorrow at 1 p.m.