Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Youth, speed and pitching dictates Minutewomen’s 2011 roster

By Michael Wood

March 22, 2011

Filed under Softball, Sports

With seven seniors from last year’s team lost to graduation and only two in uniform this season, the Massachusetts softball team will rely on its youth, speed and pitching to carry it to a seventh-consecutive Atlantic 10 championsh...

Minutewomen relying on Raymond and Webster to help Plourde in rotation

By Stephen Hewitt

March 22, 2011

Filed under Softball, Sports

The Massachusetts softball team’s chances of making a deep postseason run this spring will rely heavily on how far ace pitcher Sara Plourde’s arm can take them. That conclusion was made all too apparent last May. Needi...

Minutewomen falls to Michigan in FAU Kickoff Classic

By Stephen Hewitt

February 22, 2011

Filed under Softball, Sports

The Massachusetts softball team got its 2011 season underway this past weekend, posting a 2-3 record at the FAU Kickoff Classic in Boca Raton, Fla.   UMass throttles Penn Junior All-American pitcher Sara Plourde picked up rig...

Minutewomen bounced from NCAA tournament

By Geena Lombardi

May 24, 2010

Filed under Softball

The Massachusetts softball team’s season came to an end with a loss to Long Island and Boston University in the NCAA Amherst Regional tournament. Against Long Island, Carly Normandin hit a solo home run to put the Min...

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...

UMass hits the road with contests against SLU

By Jeffrey R. Larnard

April 21, 2010

Filed under Softball

For the Massachusetts softball team, playing teams at the bottom of the Atlantic 10 standings isn’t as easy as it seems. Those teams look at the opportunity to knock off the No. 22 team in the country as their biggest game...

Defense paying off for Minutewomen

By Geena Lombardi

April 21, 2010

Filed under Softball

Behind the dominating pitching of Sara Plourde and power hitting from the offense, there has been one component of the Massachusetts softball team that has been overshadowed this season: The defense. However, UMass’ defense...

Minutewomen topple state rival Terriers in home-opener, 3-0

By Adam Miller

April 7, 2010

Filed under Softball

Seven innings, two hits, 15 strikeouts. Not bad pitching by most standards, except for Massachusetts softball coach Elaine Sortino. It was just another B- performance, because pitcher Sara Plourde allowed a hit to the nation’s...

Plourde shuts down top hitter in the country in Setterlund

By Geena Lombardi

April 7, 2010

Filed under Softball

The Massachusetts softball team’s starting pitcher Sara Plourde came out on top Wednesday afternoon, as she faced the No. 1 hitter in the nation, April Setterlund. Plourde held off Boston University’s star hitter, allowing...