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Longtime UMass softball coach Sortino dies

Elaine Sortino, who coached the University of Massachusetts softball team for 34 years, making the Minutemen the preeminent program in the Northeast, died yesterday after a two-year battle with cancer.

“We lost a very special person,” read a statement issued by UMass athletics. “Elaine was one of the most special people in the history of the athletic department. And not just for UMass, but for all of college softball. She touched many lives throughout the course of her time here.”

In her time at UMass, the softball team racked up more than 1,100 victories, with 24 conference titles, 22 NCAA tournaments and three Women’s College World Series appearances.

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