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?

CC: Chocolate

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

Issue 261: February/March 2020

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