Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Former players, colleagues reflect on the life of Elaine Sortino

By Nick Canelas

September 3, 2013

Filed under Archives, Softball, Sports

It was May 4, 2012, and the Massachusetts softball team was in the midst of the longest game in team history. UMass and Fordham were tied 1-1 in the top of the 17th inning and the Minutewomen had a runner on third base with...

Minutewomen to face tough Atlantic 10 competition over weekend

By Jesse Mayfield Sheehan

April 5, 2013

Filed under Softball, Sports, Spring Sports

The Massachusetts softball team is riding a four-game winning streak heading into a weekend of big conference games. The Minutewomen (6-16, 3-1 Atlantic 10) will take on Fordham on Friday at 3 p.m., and Saturday at noo...

Home opener against BC to serve as a new start for Minutewomen

By Kaitlin Boyer

March 27, 2013

Filed under Softball, Sports

The Massachusetts softball team will look to end its early season struggles when it returns to Amherst for its home-opener against Boston College Wednesday. The Minutewomen (3-16, 1-1 Atlantic 10) began to take a step forwar...

UMass looks to turn season around after numerous non-conference losses

By Kaitlin Boyer

March 27, 2013

Filed under Softball, Sports, Spring Sports

The Massachusetts softball team’s 2013 season has gotten off to quite the shaky start. The Minutewomen have only won three out of their first 16 games so far, which is unusual for a team that has always shown dominance right from the start. Last year was a successful one w...

Errors hurting UMass softball early on

By Jesse Mayfield Sheehan

March 27, 2013

Filed under Softball, Sports, Spring Sports

The Massachusetts softball team has struggled early on with an inexperienced pitching staff. And the play of the fielders hasn’t made the job any easier. The Minutewomen have committed 51 errors in the first 19 games, so...

Quianna Diaz-Patterson shines for hometown team

By Jesse Mayfield Sheehan

March 27, 2013

Filed under Softball, Sports, Spring Sports

Sophomore Quianna Diaz-Patterson grew up in Amherst watching the Massachusetts softball team play at what was then called the UMass Softball Complex. Now, she is the team’s starting shortstop, and is off to a strong start in her...

UMass pitching staff going through tough transition after end of an era

By Joey Saade

March 27, 2013

Filed under Softball, Sports, Spring Sports

The Massachusetts softball team enters the 2013 season in a predicament it has not faced in nearly half a decade. No longer will the Minutewomen trot on the field each game knowing one of the all-time best pitchers in collegiate...

Sortino’s field of dreams

By Stephen Hewitt

October 9, 2012

Filed under Softball, Sports

Brandice Balschmiter couldn’t keep her emotions in check. After all, the former ace of the Massachusetts softball team’s pitching staff and current assistant coach has known UMass coach Elaine Sortino for most of her life. Fro...

UMass Softball Complex to be renamed after longtime coach Elaine Sortino

By Stephen Hewitt

October 3, 2012

Filed under Fall Sports, Softball, Sports

Elaine Sortino has put together a legendary career in her time in Amherst, racking up win after win and championship after championship as she’s built the Massachusetts softball program into a perennial powerhouse. T...