Plourde, Matthew Named To Easton All-America Team

Cyndil Matthew hit .409 in 2012.

Cyndil Matthew hit .409 in 2012.

June 11, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Massachusetts softball standouts Sara Plourde and Cyndil Matthew were named to the 2012 Easton All-America team on Monday.

Both players were named to the 16-member second team. Among the two Division I All-America teams selected, a total of 31 players from 17 schools were honored.

This marks the fifth time in school history the Minutewomen have had multiple honorees and the first since 2004. UMass has now had 32 All-America selections in program history, including at least one in each of the last 11 seasons.

For Plourde, it is the second-consecutive year she has been honored by Easton, giving her a total of five All-America awards in her four-year career. In 2012 the Bristol, Conn. native 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.

Plourde finished her career with 1,662 strikeouts to rank eighth all-time in the Division I record book.

Matthew posted her best year in 2012 as she established season-highs in every offensive category. The junior from Westfield, N.J., led the Atlantic 10 and ranked 37th nationally with a .409 batting average. She also ranked among the nation's leaders in steals (seventh with a school-record 36), triples (seventh with six) and runs per game (20th).

An NFCA First-Team All-Region selection last month, she reached base in 49 of 51 games as the team's primary leadoff hitter, including the final 27 contests.



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