Courtney Coppersmith enjoyed a perfect Sunday afternoon on the diamond, and made some school history in the process.
The Central York High School graduate continued the standout start to her college softball career with a six-inning perfect game for the University of Maryland Baltimore County in an 8-0 triumph over visiting Binghamton. She struck out seven while retiring all 18 batters she faced.
It was UMBC's first perfect game since 2014, when Kelly Lane threw a five-inning perfect game. It's UMBC's first-ever perfect game longer than five innings. The win clinched the Retrievers' first series victory over Binghamton since 2009.
Coppersmith was also perfect at the plate on Sunday, finishing 3 for 3 with three RBIs.
The freshman left-hander improved to 11-6 on the season with a 1.57 earned-run average. She's struck out 180 batters in 111 1/3 innings pitched for the NCAA Division I Retrievers. She's allowed just 58 hits, while walking 45. Coppersmith is averaging 11.32 strikeouts per game.
She's also excelling at the plate, hitting .310 with a .444 on-base percentage.
Coppersmith has helped UMBC to a 15-12 season thus far, including a 2-1 mark in the America East Conference. That's marked improvement over 2018, when UMBC finished 12-31 overall.
Coppersmith has already been named the America East Pitcher of the Week three times and the conference's Rookie of the Week three times.
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