Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Plourde shuts down Colonials in doubleheader sweep

By Stephen Hewitt

April 16, 2012

Filed under Softball, Sports

Not even a week off from playing could slow down the Massachusetts softball team. In fact, it only helped it pick up more steam as the team continued its tear through Atlantic 10 play. After Tuesday’s game versus Connecticut was postponed due to schedul...

Perfect Plourde dominates on mound and at the plate

By Patrick Strohecker

April 10, 2012

Filed under Softball, Sports, Spring Sports

Paced by another Sara Plourde perfect game, the Massachusetts softball team enjoyed its Easter Sunday doubleheader against St. Bonaventure as it dispatched the Bonnies in both games. In the Game 1, UMass (19-11, 6-0 Atlantic 10) g...

UMass softball coach Elaine Sortino diagnosed with cancer

By Stephen Sellner

April 5, 2012

Filed under Softball, Sports, Spring Sports

Massachusetts softball coach Elaine Sortino has been diagnosed with a form of cancer, according to a press release by UMass Athletics. Sortino informed her team of the news after its win over Boston College yesterday, acco...

Plourde fans 13 as UMass edges BC, 4-2

By Patrick Strohecker

April 5, 2012

Filed under Softball, Sports, Spring Sports

After suffering a tough loss to Connecticut on Tuesday, the Massachusetts softball team rebounded nicely at home, defeating Boston College, 4-2, yesterday afternoon. After getting in an early first inning jam, Sara Plourde stranded runn...

Minutewomen finding offensive consistency

By Nick Canelas

April 3, 2012

Filed under Softball, Sports, Spring Sports

With so many games in a college softball season, developing consistency often serves as a challenge early on. Now 26 games into the 2012 season, the Massachusetts softball team is still searching for that consistency at...

Offensive surge leads UMass to sweep of Dayton

By Stephen Hewitt

April 2, 2012

Filed under Softball, Sports

Since suffering an ugly 13-5 loss to Northwestern nearly two weeks ago, the Massachusetts softball team has proved itself resilient and then some. Behind the dominant right arm of ace pitcher Sara Plourde, UMass (16-10,  4-0...

UMass edges by Quinnipiac as Plourde sets school strikeout record

By Patrick Strohecker

March 29, 2012

Filed under Softball, Sports, Spring Sports

Game after game, the mystique surrounding Sara Plourde continues to build. The sophomore pitcher for the Massachusetts softball team placed herself in the record books yesterday as she broke UMass’ all-time strikeout reco...

Plourde sets record despite obstacles

By Nick Canelas

March 29, 2012

Filed under Sports, Spring Sports, Women's Lacrosse

Nothing could slow down Sara Plourde. With two on and two outs in the top of the third inning, the senior pitcher for the Massachusetts softball team fired a pitch that deflected off the finger of Quinnipiac second baseman Jacquie Ristow, but was ruled a foul ball. Plourde was left waiting through a...

Special Issue: UMass Baseball and Softball Season Preview

By DailyCollegian.com Staff

March 27, 2012

Filed under Baseball, Softball

Baseball Minutemen roster filled with encouraging young future Heading into the 2012 baseball season, the Minutemen are relying on scrappy baseball and other techniques from their roster. UMass baseball looks to rebound from disappointin...

Plourde routinely dominates on mound for Minutewomen

By Stephen Hewitt

March 27, 2012

Filed under Softball

It was March 30 of last year when I watched my first live Massachusetts softball game. Under sunny skies and chilly temperatures, I took my media seat at the table to the left of the press box not knowing what to expect. I...

Minutewomen poised to return to A-10 glory

By David Martin

March 27, 2012

Filed under Softball, Sports

As the air warms and the sun shines a little brighter every day, it seems that spring has finally arrived, and with it comes the promise of home runs, strikeouts, and everything else that is the game of softball. For the Massachusetts...

Does Sortino belong in UMass Athletics Hall of Fame?

By Michael Wood

March 27, 2012

Filed under Softball

The University of Massachusetts softball team has only known four head coaches since its inception in 1975, and three of those came in the first five years of its existence. Jean Follansbee, Diane Thompson and Chet Gladchuck...