Behind a five-hit, four RBI performance from Katie Bettencourt, the Minutewomen swept its doubleheader on Sunday with the Flyers. Game 2 required a late-inning comeback by UMass, where patience at the plate led to the game-winning run.
After a no-hitter by Sarah Plourde, the Minutewomen hit the road with games against the Billikens this weekend. UMass has not been swept in A-10 play since 2005, and have lost just two conference games in three seasons.
Behind performances from Sarah Plourde and Sarah Reeves, No. 21 UMass takes on UConn in the first of two games of the season. The Minutewomen have won their past 11 games, but UMass coach Elaine Sortino doesn’t want her team taking any opponents lightly.
A lifelong Celtics fan until he had a shot to make the Lakers last summer, Tony Gaffney now has a chance to switch his allegiances back as the Celtics have signed the former Minutemen. The signing is reported to also include a non-guaranteed contract for next seas
Though the Massachusetts softball team didn’t look its best on offense this past weekend against Charlotte, it did string together hits to earn victories. On the pitching side, sophomore Sara Plourde is leading the way for UMass in the circle. Plourde has recorded a 0.96 earned run average, while racking up a nation’s best 367 strikeouts.
With two strong pitching performances from Nick Serino and Jared Freni, the Minutemen won the first and third game of the weekend, but a lackluster performance in Game 2 from Mike Gedman resulted in the only loss of the weekend for UMass.
Behind Katie Bettencourt’s two-run home run and two runs scored and Sara Plourde’s fourth complete game no-hitter on the season, the Minutewomen topped Charlotte 3-0 on Friday. The two schools will square off again Saturday at noon in Game 2 of the weekend set.
Less than a month ago, the Massachusetts women’s basketball team announced it would not renew the contract of former coach Marnie Dacko. The athletic department hopes former Vermont coach Sharon Dawley can reverse the Minutewomen’s losing ways with a seven-year contract.
Though the Massachusetts softball team has done well this season and won both its Atlantic 10 games, UMass coach Elaine Sortino feels there is room for improvement. Part of the reason why Sortino feels the Minutewomen haven’t done as well as they can is because they’ve only recently begun to practice outdoors. Practicing inside has limited work on base running and outfield play, which was improved in UMass’ recent wins after practicing outside.
Pitchers Sara Plourde and Bailey Sanders combined Sunday to throw a perfect game against the Colonials, and Plourde followed with a no-hitter in Game 2 of the day. The Minutewomen won both matches by the run-rule, taking Game 1 17-0 and Game 2 by a score of 11-0.
The 2009-10 season was similar to ones in years past for the Massachusetts hockey team. UMass started the season as one of the nation’s best beforea second-half skid. Here are hockey beat writers, Jeffrey R. Larnard and Jay Asser’s awards for the year.
Within a week of UMass’ season ending, Casey Wellman was back on the ice with a new jersey. The sophomore signed a free-agent contract with the Minnesota Wild, recording an assist in his first two games as a professional.
Despite winning the last two games of the regular season to make the Hockey East tournament, the Minutemen fell in the first two games of its best-of-three series with Boston College in the opening round. The two losses gave UMass a 0-5 record on the season against the Eagles.
The Massachusetts men’s basketball team will play third-seeded Richmond in Atlantic City after upsetting sixth-seeded Charlotte on Tuesday night. The Minutemen will attempt to upset another team in the Spiders who already appear to have a spot in the upcoming NCAA tournament.
After falling behind 4-1 early to Albany, the Massachusetts men’s lacrosse team used a 10-2 run to end the game, and came away with an 11-6 win Tuesday afternoon at Garber Field.
Not since 2002 has UMass won a game in the Atlantic 10 Tournament, but it hopes to end that streak when they play at Charlotte Tuesday night in the opening round of the tournament. The 49ers beat the Minutemen, 72-58, earlier this season in Amherst.
After eight seasons at the helm of the Minutewomen, coach Marnie Dacko will not return to the team next season. UMass Athletic Director John McCutcheon announced Monday afternoon that her contract would not be extended after its expiration on April 10.
With their fate in their own hands, the Massachusetts men’s basketball team came through with a big win over Rhode Island on senior night to earn a spot in the Atlantic 10 Tournament. Tied at 67, senior Ricky Harris drove into the paint before hitting a shot with three seconds remaining to give the Minutemen the victory.
Just one month ago, UMass sat at the top of the Hockey East standings. Now, they are in ninth place, vying for a way into the conference tournament. While the Minutemen cannot claim a fourth-seed, but can get the sixth seed with a sweep of the Black Bears this weekend, while getting help from other teams.
While UMass put together a better performance than it had over the past couple of weeks, it still wasn’t enough as it fell to Boston College, 2-1, in overtime. The loss, coupled with two wins by Vermont, currently has the Minutemen in ninth place and out of the Hockey East playoff picture.