Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Plourde finally receives chance to show greatness in national tournament

By Adam Miller

May 20, 2010

Filed under Softball, Sports Columns

Massachusetts softball was never supposed to be the same after losing its hard-throwing pitcher, Brandice Balschmiter, to graduation. Few pitchers dominated the game like she did with her sub-1.00 earned run average and...

UMass opens Amherst Regional against Long Island

By Adam Miller

May 20, 2010

Filed under Softball

Last year’s Amherst Regional not only produced the eventual NCAA champion, but also one of the most dramatic games in the NCAA tournament. The Massachusetts softball team played two games against Washington in the Regional Finals, and w...

Minutewomen win 6th straight A-10 title

By Geena Lombardi

May 16, 2010

Filed under Softball

Behind five home runs from the tournament MVP Sarah Reeves, the Massachusetts softball team claimed its sixth straight Atlantic 10 championship. After forcing a Game 2 with a 3-0 win over Fordham (47-10, 16-2 A-10) earlier in the day, U...

Minutewomen advance with win over St. Joe's

By Adam Miller

May 13, 2010

Filed under Softball

The first postseason game of the year is nothing new for Massachusetts softball coach Elaine Sortino. But for a team as young as the Minutewomen, she knew the first game was going to cause some nervousness. Regardless, sophomore Sara Plourde kept...

Minutewomen face Hawks for 3rd time in A-10 tournament

By Adam Miller

May 12, 2010

Filed under Softball, Sports

The Massachusetts softball team couldn’t have asked for a better draw than playing a team it just beat in a double-header earlier this week, especially one it shut-out in both games. UMass (38-7-1, 17-0-1 Atlantic 10) will ...

Minutewomen clinch top spot in A-10 tournament

By Adam Miller

May 10, 2010

Filed under Softball

Through wind and high water, the Massachusetts softball team established itself as the No. 1 seed in the Atlantic 10 tournament with four wins over the weekend under tumultuous weather conditions. The Minutewomen blanked Saint Jo...

Plourde breaks UM strikeout record as Minutewomen defeat Boston College

By Geena Lombardi

May 6, 2010

Filed under Softball

Pitcher Sara Plourde, broke an 11-year-old school record for strikeouts during the Massachusetts softball team’s 3-1 victory over Boston College on Wednesday. The sophomore wasted no time earning the three strikeouts need...

Minutewomen host Boston College

By Geena Lombardi

May 4, 2010

Filed under Softball

For the second time this season, the No. 21 Massachusetts softball team will face Boston College on Wednesday night. In their first meeting on April 6, the Minutewomen (33-7-1, 13-0-1 Atlantic 10) shut out the Eagles, 6-0. Sta...

Bettencourt drives in four as UMass sweeps Dayton

By Jeffrey R. Larnard

May 2, 2010

Filed under Softball

As the Massachusetts softball team has learned, Atlantic 10 opponents always come prepared to play to defending conference champions. Dayton (17-35, 5-13 A-10) was no different, as it gave UMass trouble in its doubleheader on ...

Minutewomen take on Dayton in A-10 double-header

By Geena Lombardi

April 29, 2010

Filed under Softball

The Massachusetts softball team continues Atlantic 10 conference play as it faces Dayton in a double-header Sunday afternoon. UMass (31-7-1, 12-0 A-10) was originally scheduled to face off against Connecticut for the second time ...

Reeves no longer slumping, instead surging

By Geena Lombardi

April 29, 2010

Filed under Softball

The Massachusetts softball team’s first baseman Sarah Reeves is coming close to breaking school records, as she has recorded a hit in five back-to-back appearances at the plate twice this season. The senior, with a team-leading...

Rams shut out Gaels, 49ers end home schedule with victory

By David Martin

April 29, 2010

Filed under Softball

A combination of stellar Fordham offense and pitching helped the Rams shut out Iona, 6-0, for its fourth consecutive shutout on Tuesday afternoon. Fordham (40-8, 12-2 Atlantic 10) proved once again why it is one of the premier...