Diaz-Patterson, Plourde Pick Up Weekly Atlantic 10 Softball Awards

Sara Plourde has been named A-10 Pitcher of the Week four times in 2012.

Sara Plourde has been named A-10 Pitcher of the Week four times in 2012.

April 2, 2012

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Massachusetts pitcher Sara Plourde and shortstop Quianna Diaz-Patterson were named the Atlantic 10 Conference Softball Pitcher and Co-Rookie of the Week, respectively, as announced by the league office on Monday.

Plourde, the senior from Bristol, Conn., went 3-0 last week while allowing only two earned runs and two base hits over 19.0 innings pitched. She also tossed her 12th career no-hitter in a 1-0 victory over Quinnipiac. During her no-hit performance against Quinnipiac, Plourde became the Massachusetts and Atlantic 10 Conference career strikeout leader as she surpassed former record holder Danielle Henderson (1,343 from 1996-99 at UMass).

Plourde is 15-8 on the season with a 2.50 earned run average and 259 strikeouts, while holding opponents to a .124 avg. She has been strong at the plate as well, hitting .500 since being put into the offensive lineup seven games ago. She has a six-game hitting streak and has belted three home runs in the last five games.

This is Plourde's fourth Pitcher of the Week honor this season and 13th all-time of her career, to go along with a pair of Rookie of the Week nods in 2009.

Diaz-Patterson, the freshman from Amherst, Mass., hit .364 (4-11) last week with two extra-base hits, including a pair of game-winning RBI. The Amherst Regional HS product also scored four runs and collected a home run and three RBI. She either leads the team or is tied for the lead in slugging pct. (.568), doubles (8), triples (1) and home runs (4), while ranking second in batting avg. (.318) and stolen bases (3).

This is Diaz-Patterson's first career A-10 award and the first weekly rookie honor for a Minutewoman since Lindsay Webster secured the plaudit in early April of last season.



UMass (16-10) is on a season-best five-game winning streak and will open this week's action on Tuesday at Connecticut (13-14). First pitch at the Burrill Family Field in Storrs is set for 4 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on the Internet at

On Wednesday and Thursday, the Minutewomen will play host to Boston College and Hartford, respectively, at the UMass Softball Complex. Both games will begin at 4 p.m. UMass will travel to St. Bonaventure for a doubleheader on Sunday, beginning at Noon in Olean, N.Y.

Series History with UConn
UMass and UConn are meeting for the 87th time on Tuesday with the Huskies holding a 44-41-1 series edge. UMass has won the last eight games, including six-consecutive in Storrs. The series is the second-most played in program history behind the 97 contests with Rhode Island.
The Minutewomen have produced three no-hitters against the Huskies with the most recent coming in 2008 on the arm of Brandice Balschmiter.

Series History with Boston College
UMass leads the series with BC 44-4 and has won all 26 games played in Amherst. The Minutewomen have claimed the last 13 games overall with six of those by shutout and a no-hitter in 2008.

Series History with Hartford
UMass and Hartford are scheduled to meet for the first time since 1998 - a span of 14 seasons. UMass has totaled 12 shutouts and holds a 21-1-1 record over the Hawks.


    Event Calendar

    Thursday, Apr 24
    at Connecticut 4:00 PM gametracker
    Saturday, Apr 26
    vs Saint Joseph's 12:00 PM gametracker
    vs Saint Joseph's 2:00 PM gametracker
    Tuesday, Apr 29
    vs Rhode Island 3:00 PM gametracker
    vs Rhode Island 5:00 PM gametracker
    Wednesday, Apr 30
    vs Boston University 5:00 PM
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