The UMBC Softball team hits the road for a mid-week America East doubleheader at Stony Brook on Wednesday. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Long Island.
UMBC (19-13, 4-2 AE) used a big fifth inning to defeat Maine, 4-0, on Sunday and take the series. It is the first time the Retrievers have taken series' from both Binghamton and Maine since 2009.
Julia Keffler (Huntingtown, Md.) has been on fire at the plate, batting .471 with eight hits, two doubles and three RBI in the past five games, almost exclusively out of the leadoff spot. For the season, she's batting .340 with nine stolen bases, four doubles, a triple and is tied with Sierra Pierce (Youngstown, Ohio.) for the team lead in hits with 34.
Freshman Courtney Coppersmith (York, Pa.) leads the nation in strikeouts (231) and just threw her second consecutive America East no-hitter, with a school-record tying 17 strikeout performance in a 7-0 win over Maine on Saturday. She also came two outs shy of a third consecutive no hitter on Sunday (13 strikeout, one hitter). 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. Her two strike, two out game-winning grand slam in the bottom of the sixth against Norfolk State, was her first career homer and broke a 1-1 tie. She's 14-6 with a 1.33 ERA for the season.
Kaly Winslow leads the team in most power categories, she has six homers, 23 RBI and .567 slugging. Pierce has team-bests in average (.351), hits (33) and doubles (11). Maddie Daigneau (New River, Ariz) has a .299 average with 32 hits and 12 stolen bases.
Scouting Stony Brook (16-12, 3-3 AE):
The Seawolves enter having dropped three of their last four. Binghamton took two of three from SBU on Long Island this past weekend. Two-way player Melissa Rahrich leads the Seawolves at the plate and in the circle. The junior is batting .409 with nine homers and 38 RBI at the plate , and is 7-9 with a 3.12 ERA in the circle. Katelyn Corr is batting .407 with 10 doubles, a homer.