March 1, 2001
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -
The University of Virginia softball team will host Drexel, Ohio University and Rutgers in the Cavalier Classic held Friday through Sunday, March 2-4 at The Park on the North Grounds of the University. The four teams will play round-robin doubleheaders against one another during the three-day tournament.
Virginia opens the tournament by playing Drexel in a doubleheader on Friday (March 2) with the first game beginning at 9:00 a.m. The second game will begin at approximately 11:00 a.m. The second doubleheader of the tournament is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. and features Ohio and Rutgers. On Saturday, Rutgers and Drexel start the day with a doubleheader at 9:00 a.m., while UVa will play Ohio with the first of the two games starting at 1:00 p.m. In the third and final day of the tournament on Sunday, Ohio and Drexel are scheduled to play a doubleheader at 9:00 a.m. Virginia and Rutgers conclude play in the Cavalier Classic with a doubleheader beginning at 9:00 a.m.
The Cavaliers enter the tournament with a 4-6 record. UVa opened the season by finishing second in the UNC Triangle Classic held February 16-18 with a 4-2 record. After dropping both ends of a doubleheader at Loyola Marymount on February 22, the Cavaliers lost two games in the rain-shortened UCSB/Easton Invitational in Santa Barbara, Calif. on February 23. Drexel stands at 1-3 on the season, while Ohio is 6-6. The Cavalier Classic is the first action of the 2001 season for Rutgers.
Virginia has been led in the 2001 season by third-year pitcher/first baseman Kristen Dennis (Encinitas, Calif./La Costa Canyon). Dennis is hitting an impressive .407 (11-27) with four home runs and six RBI. She has a slugging percentage of .852 and an on-base percentage of .500. Dennis is 1-3 as a pitcher and sports a 1.79 ERA. First-year shortstop Heather Field (Lincoln, Calif./Lincoln) is hitting .292 and has a team-high seven walks, while second-year outfielder Johanna Kaiser (Scottsdale, Ariz./Saguaro) is hitting .290. Fourth-year right fielder Meaghan Young (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury), UVa's all-time hits leader with 207, is batting .286 with a team leading four doubles.
2001 Cavalier Classic Softball Tournament Schedule
Friday, March 2 Saturday, March 3 Sunday, March 4
9:00 a.m. Virginia vs. Drexel Rutgers vs. Drexel Ohio vs. Drexel
11:00 a.m. Drexel vs. Virginia Drexel vs. Rutgers Drexel vs. Ohio
1:00 p.m. Ohio vs. Rutgers Virginia vs. Ohio Virginia vs. Rutgers
3:00 p.m. Rutgers vs. Ohio Ohio vs. Virginia Rutgers vs. Virginia