Albany, N.Y. -- The UMBC Softball team battled for 11 innings, but ultimately fell to two-time defending conference champion UAlbany, 1-0, on Sunday.
Courtney Coppersmith (York, Pa.) took the tough-luck loss, pitching all 10-plus innings and allowing just the one earned run, while striking out six, walking one and allowing six hits.
UMBC (24-21, 5-10 AE) was no-hit until the top of the seventh, when Maddie Daigneau (New River, Ariz.) hit a leadoff single. She eventually made her way to third, but was stranded. Valerie Hammett (Mechanicsville, Md.) would start the top of the eighth with a singl, but again the Great Danes were able to keep the Retrievers off the board.
Julia Keffler (Huntingtown, Md.) hit a leadoff single in the ninth and moved over on a Daigneau sacrifice bunt. Coppersmith then walked to put two on, but the Retrievers again couldn't capitalize. Hammett would reach on an error to start the tenth, but was eventually stranded.
UAlbany (25-13, 12-2 AE) would then wain the game in the bottom of the 11th after a walk and a pair of singles.
UMBC returns home to close out the regular season with a three-game series against Hartford. The Friday doubleheader begins at 1 p.m., with Senior Day festivites taking place before the 1 p.m. game on Saturday.