Coppersmith Pitches UMBC to NCAA Softball Tournament


Nick Lorensen, Staff

Another week, another UMBC team clinching a spot to a tournament and earning the last overall seed. The softball team will be the #64 seed out of 64 teams and play #1 overall seed Oklahoma on Friday at 9:30 (ESPN2). 

There are only 3 seniors on the team. Senior Jenna Stupney said that that’s their strong point. They’ve overcame a bunch of adversity already, why can’t they do it again? 

Coach Chris Kuhlmeyer is the 3rd UMBC softball coach in 4 years and describes the team as “full of adversity”. 

The Retrievers softball team ran the table in the America East tournament, clinching themselves their first NCAA Tournament bid since 2002. Star pitcher Courtney Coppersmith pitched in all 4 tournament games, picking up her 4th and 5th no hitters on the season. It was the squads 6th of the season. 

UMBC is truly led by ace pitcher Courtney Coppersmith. Coppersmith has a 1.62 ERA in 229.1 innings, striking out 342 in 41 starts and 29 complete games.  

They also have 4 starters who bat over .300 and should return everyone next year, as they’re all underclassmen.  

Outfielder Julia Pierce leads the way with a .348 batting average and middle infield transfer, and Kaly Winslow leads with 6 homers and 33 RBIs.   

Winslow has had a great start with our team saying, “Our team has a really strong relationship.” 

UMBC was the 2nd name to be read off the board on Sunday’s selection showThe other teams in their region are Wisconsin and Notre Dame. The Retrievers have never faced Oklahoma in softball before.