Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Plourde, Sanders hold George Washington hitless in doubleheader

By Jeffrey R. Larnard

March 28, 2010

Filed under Softball

A doubleheader can’t go much worse for a team. Luckily for the Massachusetts softball team, they were on the better side of the doubleheader at George Washington, holding the Colonials hitless in both games. In Game 1, pi...

Plourde dominates in the circle, leads nation in strikeouts

By Geena Lombardi

March 25, 2010

Filed under Softball

The Massachusetts softball team’s starting pitcher Sara Plourde is living up to high expectations. The sophomore currently leads the country in strikeouts this season with 236 in 128 innings and her strong performance in...

Minutewomen begin A-10 schedule with double header with colonials

By Adam Miller

March 25, 2010

Filed under Softball

Most softball coaches would be thrilled to see their team come out of a weekend with a 4-3 record. Massachusetts coach Elaine Sortino is not one of them. Sortino extended practice by over half an hour on Wednesday to focus...

Minutewomen fall to Long Island on final day of San Diego Classic II

By Geena Lombardi

March 22, 2010

Filed under Softball

Striking out eight batters and allowing just six hits was not enough from starter Sara Plourde as the Massachusetts softball team fell to Long Island, 2-0, on the final day of the San Diego Classic II. The Minutewomen went 4-3 at the classic and improved to 15-7 for the season...

Minutewomen go undefeated in Under Armour Invitational

By Geena Lombardi

March 7, 2010

Filed under Softball

Strong pitching was the theme of the weekend for the Massachusetts softball team as they went 5-0 and served as the only team to go undefeated at the University of South Florida Under Armour Invitational. “I thought we performed...

Minutewomen head to USF for invitational

By Adam Miller

March 4, 2010

Filed under Softball

No matter how successful the Massachusetts softball team is, it tends to struggle the most at the beginning of the season. At the same time last year, the Minutewomen came out of their second invitational of the season 2-3, but...

No. 20 Minutewomen play to a 2-3 record at Leadoff Classic

By Geena Lombardi

February 28, 2010

Filed under Softball

The Massachusetts softball team went 2-3 this past weekend of play at the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Leadoff Classic, with two of the defeats coming from nationally ranked teams. Offensive Attack Lifts Louisiana o...

UMass heads to Leadoff Classic for tournament action

By Geena Lombardi

February 26, 2010

Filed under Softball

Coming off of four wins at the Florida International University Combat Classic, the Massachusetts’ softball team looks to continue its dominating pitching and intense hitting this weekend at the National Fastpitch Coaches Association...

Minutewomen go 4-1 in opening tournament

By Geena Lombardi

February 15, 2010

Filed under Softball

The Massachusetts’ softball team started the season out strong going 4-1 at the Florida International University Combat Classic over the weekend. The Minutewomen (4-1) faced Providence on Friday to start the season, showing...

Rebuilding part of process for UMass softball team

By Adam Miller

February 10, 2010

Filed under Softball

Replacing seniors in any college sport can be difficult when they play important roles on the team. It’s especially difficult when one of them was considered to be among the best in the nation. The Massachusetts softball...

Minutewomen favorites again, go for 23rd A-10 championship

By Geena Lombardi

February 10, 2010

Filed under Softball

Picked as the No. 1 team in the Atlantic 10 and favorites to win a 22nd championship, the Massachusetts softball team feels stronger than ever going into the 2010 season. UMass coach Elaine Sortino attributes higher fitness,...

UMass softball deserves praise, as well as viewers

By Jeffrey R. Larnard

February 10, 2010

Filed under Softball

If you’re a Boston sports fan, I can probably guess what you were watching last May 17 of last year. The Boston Celtics were hosting the Orlando Magic in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, looking for the right...