Louisville, Ky. -- The honors keep on piling up for freshman pitcher Courtney Coppersmith (York, Pa.) as she has been named Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division 1 National Pitcher of the Week. She also became the first softball player in America East history to sweep the weekly awards in the same week, being named Player, Pitcher and Rookie of the Week.
"We're so proud of Courtney and her accomplishments," said head coach Chris Kuhlmeyer "She's been doing a sensational job in the circle and at the plate. She's very deserving of this award, not just for what she does on the field, but off the field as well."
"I'm very thankful for all the awards and honors, but all the credit goes to my teammates and coaches," said Coppersmith. "They give me the opportunity to go out and play the game as hard and as best as I can. I'm just so thankful for them."
Coppersmith produced four 10-plus strikeout contests, which included 17 punchouts in a no-hitter against Maine. The rookie southpaw finished the week 3-0 with a 0.28 ERA and 51 strikeouts in 25.1 innings of work. She surrendered just six hits and holding the opposition to a .074 batting average. Against the Black Bears, Coppersmith matched her own program record with the 17 strikeouts. On the same day, she fanned 11 more batters in 4.1 innings of shutout relief, finish April 6 with 28 strikeouts and one hit allowed in 11.1 innings.
She capped off her dominant performance against Maine with a one hit-shutout in which she sat down 13 more Black Bears in the America East series clincher. Earlier in the week, Coppersmith fanned 10 Norfolk State batters and hit the game-winning grand slam in game one of a doubleheader. For the week, she also hit .529 with six RBI and a 1.312 OPS.
Overall, Coppersmith has now been named Pitcher and Rookie of the Week five times each for the season.
The UMBC Softball team (19-13, 4-2 AE) heads to Long Island for an America East doubleheader at Stony Brook on Wednesday. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.