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UMass Softball Complex to be named Elaine Sortino Field

JERREY ROBERTS
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University of Massachusetts will name its softball complex after longtime coach Elaine Sortino Saturday.

JERREY ROBERTS The University of Massachusetts will name its softball complex after longtime coach Elaine Sortino Saturday. Purchase photo reprints »

From the moment the UMass Softball Complex opened in 2000, most people assumed that it would eventually be named after longtime coach Elaine Sortino. It was simply a matter of when.

When, it turns out, will be Saturday at 11 a.m. The University of Massachusetts announced Tuesday that the Minutewomen will now play on Elaine Sortino Field. The official dedication will take place prior to the annual alumni game.

Among the more than 70 former players, managers and assistant coaches expected to attend are members of the 1992 Women’s College World Series squad, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to be able to honor her in this way,” UMass athletic director John McCutcheon said. “Obviously her contributions to, not only softball here at UMass, but softball on a regional and national level are unbelievable. She’s a treasure. To be able to recognize her achievements and commitment to this university in this way is really fitting.”

The 2013 season will be her 34th at UMass, where she’s 1,167-483-6. She’s led UMass to 23 conference titles, 21 NCAA tournaments and three trips to the Women’s College World Series.

A 2004 inductee to the National Fastpitch Hall of Fame, Sortino is the fourth winningest coach in NCAA history. She’s also an associate athletic director and the department’s senior women’s administrator.

Sortino could not be reached for comment.

Matt Vautour can be reached at mvautour@gazettenet.com. Follow UMass coverage on Twitter at twitter.com/GazetteUMass. Get UMass coverage delivered in your Facebook news feed at www.facebook.com/GazetteUMassCoverage.

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