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Thursday’s colleges: UMass softball shut out as La Salle wins in walk-off fashion

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The University of Massachusetts softball team was shut out, 3-0, by La Salle in Philadelphia on Thursday. Pitcher Caroline Raymond took her own shutout into the seventh inning, but La Salle’s Alicia Aughton (2 for 4) hit a three-run walk-off homer to center field for the Explores (15-14, 7-2 A-10). Raymond struck out 10 and allowed three earned runs on eight hits and three walks in 61/3 innings for UMass … 0

UMass receivers Jalen Williams, Shakur Nesmith shine in spring game

Thursday, April 17, 2014

AMHERST — A pair of tall receivers, who’ll try to crack the University of Massachusetts’ starting lineup in the fall, stood out in the annual spring game, Wednesday night at McGuirk Stadium. Anyone watching the team for the first time this spring got their first look at junior college transfer Jalen Williams at … 0

More than 1,000 support gay community at UMass rally, countering five from Westboro Baptist Church

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

AMHERST — The Westboro Baptist Church’s anti-gay protest at the University of Massachusetts came and went quickly and without incident Wednesday, while a rally supporting the campus’ gay community drew over 1,000 people. The two events were sparked by UMass sophomore Derrick Gordon becoming the nation’s first openly gay men’s college basketball player. … 3

Wednesday’s college recaps: UMass reaches Beanpot baseball final with 5-3 win over Northeastern

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The University of Massachusetts baseball team is headed to the Beanpot championship after a 5-3 win over Northeastern at home Wednesday. A three-run sixth inning gave the Minutemen breathing room as the Huskies added two in the following inning. Kyle Adie walked, stole second and advanced to third … 0

Matt Vautour: Historic moment for Derrick Gordon signifies progress for gay athlete

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

It’s hard to guess in 2034 if Derrick Gordon’s announcement Wednesday that he’s gay will be looked at as a red-letter day in social history or a footnote. Twenty years from now, it’s easy to imagine that openly … 0

Tuesday’s college recaps: UMass softball mercy-rules UConn, 11-0

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The University of Massachusetts softball team scored early to shorten the matchup against UConn, winning 11-0 in five innings Tuesday. A seven-run first and three-run third sandwiched a single run in the second. The Minutewomen (8-14) outhit the Huskies 11-5. Quianna Diaz-Patterson (Amherst) went 3 for 3 with … 0

Matt Vautour: John Calipari’s case for the Hall of Fame a tricky one

Monday, April 7, 2014

Is Kentucky coach John Calipari a Hall of Famer now? A win Monday might have clinched it, but even with the 60-54 loss to Connecticut in the final, the former University of Massachusetts coach has been to five … 0

Katie Ferris breaks last UMass women’s lacrosse scoring record

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Katie Ferris stands alone at the top of the University of Massachusetts women’s lacrosse scoring mountain. The senior earned her 300th career point during an 18-2 victory over Saint Joseph’s on Sunday at McGuirk Stadium. Ferris had four … 0

Friday’s college recaps: Amherst College baseball wins fifth straight

Friday, April 4, 2014

The Amherst College baseball team stayed hot as it cruised to a 16-6 win at Williams on Friday. The Lord Jeffs (13-3, 3-0) opened with five runs in the first and second innings to quickly jump ahead, 10-0. They added two in the fifth and four in the … 0

Wednesday’s college recaps: UMass baseball falls to Boston College, 7-6

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Despite a five-run third inning, the University of Massachusetts baseball team fell on the road, 7-6, to Boston College in Chestnut Hill. Adam Picard and Dylan Begin (one RBI) each went 2 for 4 and scored a run. Picard added three RBIs. Tim Cassidy pitched four innings, striking … 0

UMass softball salutes late coach Elaine Sortino with sweep of Yale in home opener

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

AMHERST — In its first home game of the season, and the first games ever at Sortino Field without Elaine Sortino, the University of Massachusetts softball team delivered a performance Sortino, who died in August, would have been … 0

Tom Masella back coaching UMass defense, enjoying Pioneer Valley

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

It wasn’t hard to convince Tom Masella to come back. During his last stint as the University of Massachusetts defensive coordinator, Masella liked working for Mark Whipple and liked living in the region. So when Whipple was hired, … 0

Former star Marcel Shipp enjoying opportunity to coach at UMass

Monday, March 31, 2014

AMHERST — When he found out a former University of Massachusetts running back was going to be his position coach, freshman Lorenzo Woodley looked up Marcel Shipp’s college stats. The 6,250 yards rushing and 58 career touchdowns got … 0