The Massachusetts softball team lost two games in the Amherst Regional to Boston University and Long Island. After the game, UMass coach Elaine Sortino said sophomore pitcher Sara Plourde played most of the postseason with an injured hip, which affected her delivery.
UMass earned its sixth straight A-10 championship with two victories over Fordham. The Minutewomen won Game 1, 3-0, and Game 2, 8-3.
Pitcher Sara Plourde broke Danielle Henderson’s record of 465 strikeouts on Wednesday as UMass took a 3-1 decision over Boston College. The sophomore finished the game with nine strikeouts.
For the second time this season, the No. 21 Massachusetts softball team will face Boston College on Wednesday night. In their first meeting on April 6, the Minutewomen shut out the Eagles, 6-0, as starting pitcher Sara Plourde allowed only one hit, nearly completi the no-hit bid.
Looking to stay undefeated in conference play, UMass will host Dayton for two games on Sunday. The Flyers have been struggling as of late, losing seven of their last eight games.
Despite some early season struggles at the plate, senior Sarah Reeves found her stroke as she now leads the team in slugging. The first basemen also hit in five-straight plate appearances, two short of the school record.
Even with strong pitching and impressive hitting, UMass’ defense has stood tall so far this season. The Minutewomen have three players with a fielding percentage of 1.000, while UMass has the fewest errors in the NCAA, with 17.
UMass takes on a similar team in UConn on Friday, with both rosters displaying timely hitting so far this season. Sarah Reeves had two home runs in the victory over BU, and will look to go deep against the Huskies.
Senior Sarah Reeves hit two home runs, and pitcher Sarah Plourde struck out nine batters, as the Minutewomen defeated BU for the second time this season, 7-5. Next up for UMass is UConn on Friday afternoon.
After shutting out Boston University in its home opener, the Massachusetts softball team looks for similar results against the Terriers in their second meeting on Tuesday night. The Minutewomen head into the match up coming off a weekend sweep of Atlantic 10 opponent Charlotte in which UMass won 3-0 in Game 1 and 5-1 in Game 2.
Facing the best hitter in the country, Sara Plourde allowed just one hit and struck out April Setterlund, who leads the country with a .595 batting average. The Minutewomen host Charlotte on Friday, looking for their ninth-straight victory and second at home.
The Massachusetts softball team travels to face Boston College as it attempts to continue its six-game winning streak. The Minutewomen are coming off back-to-back wins against Fordham, while the Eagles fell to North Carolina State in a three-game series this past weekend. UMass will rely on its surging offense which boasts six batters with a .500 slugging percentage or better.
The Minutewomen led with five home runs to give the team commanding wins over La Salle on Thursday. Outfielder Carly Normandin hit a grand slam to give UMass a 10-0 lead in Game 2.
Sara Plourde showed she could be a strong pitcher last year as a freshman, but in her sophomore season she has exceeded even those expectations. The sophomore currently is 14-3 on the year and leads the country with 236 strikeouts.
The Massachusetts softball team fell to Long Island, 2-0, on the final day of the San Diego Classic II. Against Texas A&M in Game 1, Sara Plourde struck out 22 batters to break former starter Brandice Balschmitter’s previous record of 19 strikeouts. For the classic, the Minutewomen went 4-3 and improved their record to 15-7 for the season.
Behind strong pitching, the Massachusetts softball team went 5-0 over the weekend and was the only team to go undefeated at the University of South Florida Under Armour Invitational. The Minutewomen allowed a total of eight runs in the five games, including two 3-0 shutouts against Tennessee-Chattanooga and Virginia Tech.
Behind strong pitching from sophomore Sara Plourde, including her second career no-hitter, UMass took two out of five games this past weekend. In the three losses, the Minutewomen’s offense was shutdown by opposing pitchers, scoring just two runs in the three losses.
Fresh off of four victories in Florida, the Minutewomen will take on Mississippi State, NC State, Missouri, Illinois State and Louisiana in tournament action.
With the exception of a 12-2 loss to Southern Illinois, the Minutewomen picked up right where they left off last season with a strong weekend. Pitcher Sara Plourde went 3-0 on the weekend.
The Minutewomen will rely on a higher fitness level from her players, a better defense and a shift from power hitting to speed in order to get back to the NCAA tournament. Without players like Whitney Mollica, Davina Hernandez, and Brandice Balschmiter, UMass will try for their 23rd A-10 championship.