• The Massachusetts softball team begins play at the 2014 Atlantic 10 Softball Championship on Wednesday against Dayton at Noon Eastern time. The winner advances to Saturday's first game against top-seeded Fordham. The loser will drop into the loser's bracket and play an elimination game Wednesday night at 5 p.m.
• Live audio and Gametracker stats will be provided for all UMass games via the links at UMassAthletics.com. Fans can listen for free online or on their mobile devices using the Atlantic 10 Conference mobile app. Additionally, the Atlantic 10 Digital Network will broadcast the entire championship at atlantic10.com with Friday and Saturday play available on the mobile app.
• In its first season under the direction of interim head coach Kristi Stefanoni, UMass enters the A-10 Championship with a 15-20-1 overall record and finished fourth in the regular-season standings with a 9-6-1 mark.
• Kristi Stefanoni (Massachusetts, 2006) is in her first season at UMass with a 15-20-1 overall record after spending the previous seven campaigns on Elaine Sortino's staff in Amherst.
Series With Dayton
• The Minutewomen are 32-4 all-time against the Flyers, having won 20 of the last 21 games in the series. UMass has posted 13 shutouts and held Dayton hitless twice - Brandice Balschmiter had a perfect game in 2008 and Sara Plourde collected her first-career no-hitter in 2009.
• This will mark the second A-10 tourney meeting between the schools. UMass won the first game, 6-1, in the Minutewomen's opening game of the 1999 event in Blacksburg, Va.
• UMass swept the doubleheader in Amherst this season, claiming a 9-4 win on the strength of a 6-run 4th inning and a 5-2 victory in the nightcap. The Minutewomen trailed 2-0 in the first game and 1-0 in the second game.
UMass Atlantic 10 Tournament History
• UMass has won 16 of the last 19 Atlantic 10 Championships, seven of the last nine and 23 titles overall. UMass has an all-time record of 79-17 (.823) in the tournament.
• Of their 23 championships, 20 have come without a loss and three have seen the Minutewomen come out of the loser's bracket.
• UMass is 21-3 in tournament games played in Amherst, with a 11-3 record at Sortino Field and a 10-0 slate at Totman Field. UMass' record by other locations is: 6-0 in Bronx, N.Y., 1-2 in Charlotte, N.C., 12-3 in Kingston, R.I. and 3-0 in St. Louis, Mo.
Cozza Named A-10 Rookie of the Year, Webster & Klee Earn All-Conference Honors Also
• Massachusetts freshman infielder Jena Cozza was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year, while senior outfielder Lindsey Webster and freshman pitcher Tara Klee were also named to the All-Atlantic 10 squad in a vote of the league's head coaches and announced by the A-10 Tuesday.
• Cozza becomes the 10th UMass player to earn the award and second in the last three years, joining current junior Quianna Diaz-Patterson. It also markes the ninth-consecutive season a UMass player has landed on the all-rookie team since the league began the award in 2006.
• The freshman from Wantagh, N.Y. is leads the team with a .356 batting avg. and is ranks 10th in the league. In 16 league games, she hit a robust .442 to place fourth in the rankings. Cozza has four home runs, 20 RBI and five doubles.
•She has saved her best for last in this strong campaign, hitting .410 over the last 25 games. She has a .956 fielding pct. while splitting time at second and third base all season.
•Webster earned second team honors as an outfielder, following similar accolades at designated player last year and all-rookie honors in 2011. The Northridge, Calif. native ranks third on team with 5 home runs and a .545 slugging pct. She leads the team with .435 on-base pct. and 8 times being hit by a pitch. For her career, Webster ranks ninth in UMass history with 22 round-trippers and fifth with a .545 slugging pct.
• Klee has compiled a 6-5 record in her first season in Amherst. Additionally, she has posted an undefeated 4-0 mark in seven A-10 starts with 3 complete gamest The Hanburg, Pa. native's .285 opponent batting average ranks 12th in A-10. Among freshman starting pitchers, she ranks first in opp. BA, second in innings pitched and third in wins and ERA.
UMass With A Lot Of Youth On The Field
• While UMass has two seniors and three juniors that are among its regular starters, the Minutewomen are receiving a lot of contributions from its first- and second-year players. Freshmen Jena Cozza (3B) and Tara Klee (RHP) are the most obvious game-changing newcomers, but freshmen Cote Clark and C Ashton Wince are also regulars in the lineup. Sophomore's Lindsey Zenk (LF) and Taylor Carbone (2B) have done their part to help the team in their second years in western Mass.
Where Did The Games Go?
• In one of the longer winters in recent memory, many teams in the Northeast faced difficult travel and gameday weather throughout the season. UMass was no different than most, but did lose 13 games to travel and weather delays over the course of the season, including both games of a doubleheader at George Washington.