Heavy rain dismisses UMass game; Plourde wins award

By Michael Wood

Michael Wood/Collegian
Michael Wood/Collegian

Two days of heavy rain washed out the Massachusetts softball team’s scheduled game against Connecticut on Tuesday and the game has not been rescheduled yet, according to UMass Athletics.

The week was supposed to kickoff yesterday with a single matchup against UConn, but after significant and steady rainfall pelted western Massachusetts for the last two days, the field conditions were deemed to be unplayable and the game was cancelled. The Minutewomen will travel to Boston on Wednesday for a 4 p.m. contest against Boston University then return to the UMass Softball Complex on Sunday for a doubleheader against St. Bonaventure.  

The Maroon and White are coming off two impressive victories on Sunday which saw junior ace Sara Plourde notch two wins and throw 8.2 no-hit innings across the two games. Plourde struck out 16 batters and allowed three walks in the first game. After entering in the sixth inning of the second game in relief of freshman Caroline Raymond, she struck out three of the five batters she faced and earned the save.

Plourde’s performance last week garnered her national attention as she was named the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division I National Player of the Week.

Since March 28, Plourde has thrown 17.2 consecutive no-hit innings and not allowed a single run. She went 3-0 last week with one save while striking out 39 batters and issuing seven walks. Opponents are hitting .143 against her this season, which equates to approximately 70 hits in 490 at-bats. She has also yet to allow a run at home this season.

Her streak of hitless innings also broke the UMass record for that category which was set in 1983.

Plourde is the catalyst of UMass’s team, and thus far she is 11-10 with a 1.51 ERA and 244 strikeouts, the latter of which leads the Atlantic 10.

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