Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Plourde goes the distance again for Minutewomen

By Pete Vasquez

April 4, 2011

Filed under Softball, Sports

After junior Sara Plourde collected her eighth career no-hitter, she followed it up just two hours later with 1.2 additional hitless innings of relief as the Massachusetts softball team swept Saint Louis in Sunday afternoon’s...

After a no-hit performance, Billikens travel to Amherst Sunday for doubleheader

By Stephen Hewitt

March 31, 2011

Filed under Softball

The home-opening jitters are all but a memory for the Massachusetts softball team, as it will try to build off of its latest momentum when it welcomes Saint Louis to Amherst on Sunday for a doubleheader. The Minutewomen (11-14,...

Bats coming alive, defense improving for Minutewomen

By Michael Wood

March 31, 2011

Filed under Softball

It’s no secret that the Massachusetts softball team has had their struggles at the plate this season. The offense isn’t nearly as productive or as explosive as last year’s squad, and after getting off to a slow start, it...

Plourde throws a no-no as UMass sweep Big Green

By Stephen Hewitt

March 30, 2011

Filed under Softball

Ace pitcher Sara Plourde threw her first no-hitter of the season and seventh of her career to lead the Massachusetts softball team to a 1-0 victory in Game 1 of its home opening doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon against Dartmouth before winning a 6-2 decision in the s...

UM finding other ways besides long ball to generate offense, wins

By Michael Wood

March 30, 2011

Filed under Softball

Massachusetts freshman outfielder Lindsey Webster hit the first home run at the UMass Softball Complex this season, a 200-foot shot to left-center field in the Minutewomen’s 6-2 victory over Dartmouth in the second game of a double-header Thursday. There was no dou...

Minutewomen reach Amherst to face Big Green

By Pete Vasquez

March 29, 2011

Filed under Softball

The Massachusetts softball team will break in the Softball Complex for the first time this season as Dartmouth comes to town for the Minutewomen’s official home opener on Wednesday. Doubleheader action is in store, with the...

Bettencourt leaves void for Minutewomen

By Steve Levine

March 29, 2011

Filed under Softball

There’s no question that without Katie Bettencourt, the Massachusetts softball team has a void in its lineup. Bettencourt, a junior right fielder and reigning Atlantic 10 Co-Player of the Year, has missed the last six games...

Minutewomen split two doubleheaders over the weekend

By Pete Vasquez

March 27, 2011

Filed under Softball

The Massachusetts softball team continued its inconsistent start to the season after splitting a pair of doubleheader matchups last weekend against Temple and Saint Joseph’s. Saturday’s doubleheader split versus Temp...

UMass softball looks to continue hot play after hitting its stride

By Steve Levine

March 24, 2011

Filed under Softball

The Massachusetts softball team feels like it’s close to hitting its stride. After starting the season 2-10, the Minutewomen (7-12, 1-1 Atlantic 10) have won five of their last seven games as they prepare for two conference...

Boutin starting to produce after slow start to 2011 season

By Michael Wood

March 24, 2011

Filed under Softball

Junior pitcher Sara Plourde is the catalyst for the Massachusetts softball team. There’s no doubt about that. Yet, as good as Plourde is, she’s just a pitcher. She can’t hit, which means she can’t contribute to the...

Podcast – Softball: Running the A-10

By Nick O'Malley

March 23, 2011

Filed under Softball, Sports Podcasts

Mike Wood comes in as he and Nick O'Malley talk about the 2011 softball season. Elaine Sortino has over 1,100 wins and Sara Plourde is making fans forget about Brandice Balschmiter as the Minutewomen gear up for a regular season that's likely...

Winning culture challenged for 2011 Minutewomen

By Pete Vasquez

March 22, 2011

Filed under Softball, Sports

The Massachusetts softball team is already well into its 2011 season, and as the Minutewomen try to attain to a winning record, the tough early schedule facing the young players is not making matters easier.   While ...