PressBox caught up with UMBC sophomore pitcher Courtney Coppersmith to chat about her favorite sports stars growing up, the show she’s binging and more. Coppersmith posted a 1.97 ERA and 346 strikeouts in 238.1 innings during her freshman campaign while leading the Retrievers to their first-ever America East title. She also threw five no-hitters.
PressBox: What’s a bucket-list place you’d like to visit?
Courtney Coppersmith: My bucket list consists of everything outside of the country because I’ve never been outside of the United States. So I would love to go anywhere outside of the country, but one of my top places would probably be Fiji.
PB: If you could trade places with any movie or TV character, who would it be?
CC: I would have to go with, just because it’s the movie that’s coming to my mind right now, Sandra Bullock in “The Blind Side” — she’s the mom and everything — just because she kind of has her life figured out, she has a good job and she’s able to adopt a kid.
PB: What’s your favorite “guilty” food?
PB: Who were your favorite sports stars when you were a kid?
CC: [Softball pitchers] Jennie Finch and Keilani Ricketts
PB: What was your favorite sports team growing up?
CC: Probably the Philadelphia Phillies
PB: What’s your favorite movie of all time?
CC: Any of the Harry Potter movies. That was my childhood.
PB: Do you have a go-to karaoke song?
CC: I would probably have to say “Before He Cheats” by Carrie Underwood.
PB: What’s your favorite campus to visit on a road trip?
CC: I didn’t do this with softball, but my favorite campus that I’ve visited is Vermont, who’s in our conference. I went there for the [America East] Spread Respect Forum. It was absolutely beautiful. It was fall; the leaves were beautiful up there. The weather was great.
PB: What book are you currently reading?
CC: It’s called “Live in Grace, Walk in Love,” by Bob Goff. It’s a Christian book. It’s a 365-day journey, and it just has different Bible verses for each day.
PB: What TV show have you been binging lately?
CC: Lately it was “The Challenge: War of the Worlds 2.” I watched 16 episodes in like three days.
Photo Credit: Steve McLaughlin/UMBC Athletic Communications