Danbury, Conn.-- Freshman Courtney Coppersmith (York, Pa.) continued to add to her trophy case as she was named ECAC Rookie of the Year and claimed two spots on All-ECAC First Team, as both a pitcher and a designated player.
Coppersmith, the only player to make All-ECAC First Team at two different positions, becomes the first Retriever softball player to win a major ECAC award. She becomes the first UMBC player to garner All-ECAC first team honors since Amanda Fefel in 2010, and the first to be recognized by the ECAC in any capacity since 2014 when Taylor Hall was voted onto the second team.
The left-handed Biochemistry major had a freshman campaign for the record books. She became the first player in America East history to be named both Rookie and Pitcher of the Year. She threw a perfect game and four no hitters. Two of those no hitters came in consecutive performances in the America East Tournament as she led UMBC to its first ever America East Title and first NCAA berth since 2002. She was named the America East Tournament's Most Outstanding Player after going 4-0 while allowing just two runs in 28 innings pitched, a 0.50 ERA, on only eight hits with 33 strikeouts.
In April she became the first ever player in America East history to sweep all weekly awards winning Player, Pitcher and Rookie of the week. Coppersmith set a school record for strikeouts in a single season and second most single season wins in school history (21). Entering the NCAA Tournament Coppersmith had amassed 229.1 innings pitched, 342 strikeouts, 29 complete games and a 1.62 earned run average. She also threw 14 shutouts in 2019 another single season school record.