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Virginia's Dennis Named ACC Softball Player Of Week

March 14, 2001

GREENSBORO, N.C. - University of Virginia third-year first baseman/pitcher Kristen Dennis (Encinitas, Calif./La Costa Canyon) has been selected as the ACC Player of the Week after leading the Cavaliers to the title of the 49er Invitational. Maryland's Amanda Bettker was named the ACC Pitcher of the Week.

The Virginia softball team won the 49er Invitational, held March 9-11, with a perfect 5-0 record. Dennis, who was named the Winning Pitcher of the tournament after winning two games, also had a huge tournament offensively. Dennis hit .400 in the five games with six hits in 15 at-bats and also drove in eight runs and scored eight times. Dennis hit a pair of home runs and added a double and a triple for a 1.000 slugging percentage in the tournament. Dennis also drew four walks and stole two bases in as many attempts.

Dennis earned a win over Ohio with 3.1 innings of hitless, six-strikeout relief in the Cavaliers' 3-2 victory over the Bobcats on March 10. She also picked up a win in the championship game as she threw a two-hit shutout in an 8-0 victory over UNC-Charlotte. Dennis struck out 10 49er batters in earning the victory.

On the season, Dennis is hitting an impressive .422 with a team-leading 13 extra-base hits, including six home runs. She also leads the team with 18 RBI and 15 walks. As a pitcher, Dennis is 5-3 with a 1.13 ERA in 49.2 innings of work. She has struck out 73 batters and walked just 11. Opponents are hitting only .152 against Dennis.

The Cavaliers are currently 16-7 on the season and had an 11-game winning streak to their credit. Virginia is currently playing in the 2001 Coastal Carolina University Softball Classic in Conway, S.C. UVa is 3-1 in the tournament entering Wednesday's (March 14) single elimination play.

 

 

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