Coppersmith Throws Third No-Hitter and Lonchar Hits Walk-Off Homer as Softball Sweeps on Saturday

Coppersmith Throws Third No-Hitter and Lonchar Hits Walk-Off Homer as Softball Sweeps on Saturday

Baltimore, Md.-- Courtney Coppersmith (York, Pa.) threw her third no-hitter of the season, Sierra Pierce (Youngstown, Ohio) homered twice and Anna Lonchar (Bristow, Va.) hit a walk-off two run home run in extra innings in game two as the UMBC Softball team swept visiting Delaware State, 2-0 and 10-9 (8), on Saturday.

Game 1

Neither team would do much until the fourth inning when a pair of Delaware State (6-25) walks put two on with two outs, but Coppersmith was able to get a groundout to escape any damage. Coppersmith turned around and led off the bottom half of the inning with a double, but she was stranded.  

The Hornets again threatened in the top of the sixth when a runner got to third with one out after a walk and a pair of wild pitches, but Coppersmith would again escape after a strikeout and ground out. In the bottom half of the inning, Coppersmith worked a two-out walk and Sierra Pierce then sent a 1-0 pitch over the left field fence to break the scoreless tie.

DSU would get a leadoff walk in the top of the seventh, but Coppersmith got a strikeout and then made a diving catch on a bunted pop up and doubled off the runner at first to end the game and complete her third no-hitter of the season. The lefty freshman struck out 12 and improved to 15-7 on the season. Valerie Hammett (Mechanicsville, Md.) had two of the four UMBC (21-15) hits in the game.

Game 2

After a low-scoring first game, the runs would come early and often in the night cap. The Hornets jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, but the Retrievers halved the lead in the bottom of the first after Julia Keffler (Huntingtown, Md.) singled, stole second, moved to third on a fly out and scored on a Pierce RBI groundout.

UMBC tied the game in the bottom of the second when Kaly Winslow (Leesburg, Va.) started the frame with a double, stole third and scored on a Jenna Stupey (Edmonds, Wash.) RBI single. The Hornets exploded for five runs in the top of the third to take a 7-2 lead, but UMBC would again respond in the bottom half of the inning. Imani Dawson (Hanover, Md.) hit a one out single and then scored on a Pierce triple to make it 7-3. Hammett then hit a sacrifice fly to left to score Pierce and make it a 7-4 game.

After a scoreless fourth for both teams, DSU would load the bases with none out after a single, a walk, and an error. Hammett, who came on in relief in the fourth, would work her way out of the jam without giving up a run by getting a forceout at home, a strikeout and a groundout. In the bottom of the inning, Pierce came up with two outs and again hit a homer to left on a 1-0 pitch to cut the DSU lead to 7-5. In the sixth, UMBC would again cut into the lead when Winslow started the inning with a single and would eventually score on a two out error to make it 7-6.

Maddie Daigneau (New River, Ariz.) started the bottom of the seventh with a pinch hit bunt single and moved to second on a Keffler sacrifice bunt. Dawson would then rip a double that scored Daigneau and tied the game at seven.

The game went to extra innings and was played with the international tiebreaker rule, which places the final out of the previous inning at second base to start the inning. The Hornets started the eighth with a bunt to move the runner to third and would re-take the lead with a one out double. A two out error would score another run and put DSU up 9-7 heading to the bottom of the inning.

Pierce was placed at second to start the bottom half and moved to third on a flyout. Winslow singled to score Pierce and make it 9-8. After a flyout for the second out, Lonchar smashed an 0-1 pitch over the wall in left for the walk-off, 10-9, victory.

Hammett picked up her first win of the season after pitching five innings of relief, allowing just the two unearned runs and striking out three and walking one. Winslow scored three runs and picked up three hits, Pierce and Winslow had two hits each, and Chloe Obispo (Virginia Beach, Va.) picked up her first career hit.

The Retrievers will close non-conference play with a doubleheader at Maryland Eastern Shore on Tuesday at 2 p.m.