Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Legendary UMass softball coach Elaine Sortino dies after battle with cancer

By Nick Canelas

August 20, 2013

Elaine Sortino, the longtime head coach of the Massachusetts softball team, whose impact both on and off the field knew no bounds throughout her legendary career, died Sunday night after a nearly two-year battle with cancer. She...

Softball home opener canceled

By Nick Canelas

March 27, 2012

Massachusetts softball pitcher Sara Plourde had to wait another day to get a chance at breaking the school’s all-time strikeout record. Tuesday’s scheduled home opener against Dartmouth was canceled due to cold temperatures and h...

Plourde becomes 3rd Minutewoman to record 1,000 strikeouts

By Stephen Hewitt

April 27, 2011

With no outs and an 0-2 count on Christina Valdes in the sixth inning of Wednesday’s matchup with Boston University, Sara Plourde stared deep into the catcher’s mitt of Meghan Carta, aiming to place her name in the Ma...

Plourde finally receives chance to show greatness in national tournament

By Adam Miller

May 20, 2010

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...