Baltimore, Md.-- Courtney Coppersmith (York, Pa.) completed one of the most dominant weeks in UMBC Softball history as she drove in two runs, struck out 13 batters and came two outs short of her third consecutive America East no hitter, as UMBC defeated Maine, 4-0, to take the series on Sunday afternoon in Baltimore.
Since throwing a perfect game against Binghamton last Sunday, the freshman struck out 51 batters over 25.1 innings, allowing just one earned run and six hits, while going 3-0 in four appearances. At the plate, she went 9-for-17 with a grand slam and six RBI on the week, including going 2-for-3 with three RBI on Sunday and at least one hit in all five games.
UMBC (19-13, 4-2 AE) and Maine (8-20, 1-5 AE) were scoreless until the bottom of the third, when Imani Dawson (Hanover, Md.) and Maddie Daigneau (New River, Ariz.) each walked. With one out, Coppersmith hit a bouncer to the pitcher, who threw the ball to third to get Dawson, but the third baseman's throw to first to get Coppersmith sailed into right field, allowing Daigneau to score all the way from first.
Dawson would again kick-start a run scoring rally when she started the bottom of the fifth with a bloop single to left. She moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on Julia Keffler's (Huntingtown, Md.) double to right center. Daigneau then beat out an infield single and stole second to put two runners in scoring position for Coppersmith, who promptly ripped a 2-2 pitch up the middle to score both runners and double the Retriever lead to 4-0.
The Black Bears would get their first two runners of the game on base via a pair of walks in the top of the sixth, but Coppersmith struck out the side to escape the jam. Maine would get a one out double to right that just fell fair in the top of the seventh to break up the no hitter, but Coppersmith struck out the final two batters to end the game.
Keffler and Coppersmith each finished with two hits, while Daigneau and Dawson each had one.
UMBC went 12-3 on its season-long 15 game homestand, and hits the road for an America East doubleheader at Stony Brook on Wednesday. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. on Long Island.