Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Quianna Diaz-Patterson shines for hometown team

By Jesse Mayfield Sheehan

March 27, 2013

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

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

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

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...

Plourde making strides at the plate

By Stephen Hewitt

April 10, 2012

In the circle, there’s little that Massachusetts softball pitcher Sara Plourde can’t do. Her numbers speak for themselves. In 28 appearances and 26 starts, the senior right-hander owns an 18-9 record to go along with...

Slideshow: Softball’s Sara Plourde records 1,000th strikeout

By Maria Uminski

April 28, 2011

In the fifth inning of the UMass softball team's win over Boston University, Minutewomen ace Sara Plourde became the third player in school history to record 1,000 career strikeouts in only her junior year. ...

Minutewomen’s streak hits 9

By Steve Levine

April 21, 2011

The Massachusetts softball team just won’t stop winning. The Minutewomen extended their winning-streak to nine games on Wednesday, defeating non-conference opponent Connecticut, 2-0, behind Sara Plourde’s complete game...

Softball game rained out, UMass looks to the weekend

By Stephen Hewitt

April 14, 2011

For the second time in as many weeks, the Massachusetts softball team’s scheduled contest was rained out, as showers swept through Massachusetts to postpone the Minutewomen’s trip to Boston College on Wednesday afternoon...

Minutewomen go for 6th, 7th straight at home this weekend

By Pete Vasquez

April 7, 2011

On Sunday, the Massachusetts softball team will look to sweep its third-straight doubleheader as it hosts St. Bonaventure at the UMass Softball Complex. The Minutewomen (14-14, 5-3 Atlantic 10) are riding high on a five-game win streak, the last of which was a 3-2 win at Boston Universit...

Plourde throws a no-no as UMass sweep Big Green

By Stephen Hewitt

March 30, 2011

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...

Collegian Sports Briefs

By Staff

March 27, 2011

UMass softball’s rough start to the 2011 season ended with a split over the weekend. After splitting the series with Temple, which included a 12-2 win on Saturday, the Minutewomen split with Saint Joseph’s as well on Sund...

Podcast – Softball: Running the A-10

By Nick O'Malley

March 23, 2011

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...