Massachusetts Daily Collegian

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 ...

New idea of success

By Steve Levine

March 22, 2011

Filed under Softball, Sports

The Massachusetts softball team needs a new definition of success.  For most collegiate teams, winning a conference title would be considered a great accomplishment. For the Minutewomen, however, it should be more routine than anything. This year, UMass will go for its...

Youth, speed and pitching dictates Minutewomen’s 2011 roster

By Michael Wood

March 22, 2011

Filed under Softball, Sports

With seven seniors from last year’s team lost to graduation and only two in uniform this season, the Massachusetts softball team will rely on its youth, speed and pitching to carry it to a seventh-consecutive Atlantic 10 championsh...

Minutewomen relying on Raymond and Webster to help Plourde in rotation

By Stephen Hewitt

March 22, 2011

Filed under Softball, Sports

The Massachusetts softball team’s chances of making a deep postseason run this spring will rely heavily on how far ace pitcher Sara Plourde’s arm can take them. That conclusion was made all too apparent last May. Needi...