Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Home opener against BC to serve as a new start for Minutewomen

By Kaitlin Boyer

March 27, 2013

Filed under Softball, Sports

The Massachusetts softball team will look to end its early season struggles when it returns to Amherst for its home-opener against Boston College Wednesday. The Minutewomen (3-16, 1-1 Atlantic 10) began to take a step forwar...

UMass looks to turn season around after numerous non-conference losses

By Kaitlin Boyer

March 27, 2013

Filed under Softball, Sports, Spring Sports

The Massachusetts softball team’s 2013 season has gotten off to quite the shaky start. The Minutewomen have only won three out of their first 16 games so far, which is unusual for a team that has always shown dominance right from the start. Last year was a successful one w...

Errors hurting UMass softball early on

By Jesse Mayfield Sheehan

March 27, 2013

Filed under Softball, Sports, Spring Sports

The Massachusetts softball team has struggled early on with an inexperienced pitching staff. And the play of the fielders hasn’t made the job any easier. The Minutewomen have committed 51 errors in the first 19 games, so...

Quianna Diaz-Patterson shines for hometown team

By Jesse Mayfield Sheehan

March 27, 2013

Filed under Softball, Sports, Spring Sports

Sophomore Quianna Diaz-Patterson grew up in Amherst watching the Massachusetts softball team play at what was then called the UMass Softball Complex. Now, she is the team’s starting shortstop, and is off to a strong start in her...

UMass pitching staff going through tough transition after end of an era

By Joey Saade

March 27, 2013

Filed under Softball, Sports, Spring Sports

The Massachusetts softball team enters the 2013 season in a predicament it has not faced in nearly half a decade. No longer will the Minutewomen trot on the field each game knowing one of the all-time best pitchers in collegiate...

Minutewomen snap 11-game skid against Dayton

By Jeffrey Okerman

March 26, 2013

Filed under Softball, Sports, Spring Sports

Sunday was a day of firsts for the Massachusetts softball team. After dropping their Atlantic 10 opener against Dayton (8-13, 2-1 A-10) on Saturday, the Minutewomen (3-16, 1-1 A-10) bounced back with a 14-12 win on Sunda...

UMass softball drops five straight over weekend

By Jesse Mayfield Sheehan

March 12, 2013

Filed under Softball, Sports, Spring Sports

The Massachusetts softball team scored more runs than it had in any game so far this season, but it wasn’t enough, narrowly falling to Western Michigan, 12-10, on Sunday in the final game of the USF Under Armour Showcase this weekend. ...

UMass softball captures first two wins in NFCA Leadoff Classic

By Kaitlin Boyer

February 26, 2013

Filed under Softball, Sports, Spring Sports

After going winless in the FAU Kick-Off Classic, the Massachusetts softball team bounced back with wins against Illinois State and Southern Illinois and finished with a 2-3 overall record in last weekend’s NFCA Leadoff Classic ...

UMass softball opens season 0-3 at rain-shortened FAU Kick-Off Classic

By Kaitlin Boyer

February 20, 2013

Filed under Softball, Sports, Spring Sports

The Massachusetts softball team came up 0-for-3 in its bid to pick up its first win of the season at the rain-shortened FAU Kick-Off Classic in Boca Raton, Fla., this past weekend.  With the Minutewomen (0-3) nursing a 9-5 lead in the bottom ...

UMass softball season gets underway at FAU Kick-Off Classic

By Jesse Mayfield Sheehan

February 15, 2013

Filed under Softball, Sports, Spring Sports

The Massachusetts softball team’s 2013 season is set to begin this weekend with a five-game tournament slate at the annual FAU Kick-Off Classic, and the Minutewomen are looking to have another great year after winning their...

Sortino’s field of dreams

By Stephen Hewitt

October 9, 2012

Filed under Softball, Sports

Brandice Balschmiter couldn’t keep her emotions in check. After all, the former ace of the Massachusetts softball team’s pitching staff and current assistant coach has known UMass coach Elaine Sortino for most of her life. Fro...

UMass Softball Complex to be renamed after longtime coach Elaine Sortino

By Stephen Hewitt

October 3, 2012

Filed under Fall Sports, Softball, Sports

Elaine Sortino has put together a legendary career in her time in Amherst, racking up win after win and championship after championship as she’s built the Massachusetts softball program into a perennial powerhouse. T...