UMass Announces 2013 Softball Schedule
Jan. 30, 2013
The Massachusetts softball team will play nine games against NCAA Tournament teams and host the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship during the 2013 season, as announced Wednesday.
The Minutewomen will play seven games against last season's regional qualifiers in the first five weeks of play, which includes a game at Women's College World Series participant South Florida on March 8.
The slate also consists of 16 regular-season home games at Sortino Field and the conference tournament, which runs from May 8-11 and will produce the league's automatic qualifier to the 2013 NCAA Tournament. This will mark the eighth time the event has been hosted at UMass and fifth since the UMass Softball Complex was built in 2000. Every home game is scheduled to be televised on the Internet via the UMass All-Access video player at UMassAthletics.com. Additionally, most conference road games and any postseason competition will feature a live audio broadcast.
UMass went 38-13 overall a year ago, including a 19-0 mark in conference play before sweeping through the postseason championship for its 23rd regular-season and 23rd tournament crowns en route to its 21st NCAA Tournament appearance.
Head coach Elaine Sortino enters her 34th year at UMass and welcomes back 13 letterwinners and seven starters from a year ago.
The Minutemwomen return more than 80 pct. of its offense and defense, led by senior All-America left fielder Cyndil Matthew. She set career-highs in every offensive category, while ranking 37th nationally in batting avg., seventh in steals and triples, and 20th in runs. She is joined in the outfield by classmates and co-captains Katie Bettencourt and Christine Della Vecchia to form one of the fastest defensive trios in the country.
Sophomore Quianna Diaz-Patterson is also back after hitting .327 and leading the team in doubles and runs batted in which garnered her the league's Rookie of the Year award.
UMass will play host to the 2013 A-10 Championship, May 8-11 at Sortino Field.
UMass opened practice earlier this month and will begin the season Feb. 15-17 at the FAU Kick-Off Classic.