Softball Collects Three NCAA Statistics Titles In 2012
June 8, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. - Paced by three individual titles, the Massachusetts softball program finished among the top-10 nationally in 10 categories in the final 2012 NCAA Division I Statistics following the completion of this week's Women's College World Series.
Graduated senior Sara Plourde led the nation in strikeouts, strikeouts per seven innings and fewest hits allowed per seven innings, while ranking fourth in victories with 36 and fifth in shutouts with 13. Her 541 strikeouts this season are the 11th-highest single-season total in Division I history.
This marks the third-consecutive year Plourde has paced the country in strikeouts, moving her into a select group of players who have accomplished the feat in their careers. Only California's Michele Granger from 1990-93 and Texas' Cat Osterman from 2002-03, '05-06 have led the nation at least three times in a career.
Plourde finished her career with 1,662 strikeouts to rank eighth all-time in the Division I record book.
Rightfielder Cyndil Matthew also finished the season among the leaders in a number of categories. The rising senior ranked seventh in both stolen bases per game and triples, 10th in triples per game and 17th in runs per game.
As a team, UMass ranked 18th in winning pct., 31st in field pct., 42nd in earned run average and 45th in steals per game.
The three individual titles claimed this year bring the Minutewomen's all-time total to 13 since the NCAA began sponsoring softball as an intercollegiate sport in 1982.
UMass Softball's NCAA Statistical Champions