March 19, 2001
GREENSBORO, N.C. -
University of Virginia third-year first baseman/pitcher Kristen Dennis (Encinitas, Calif./La Costa Canyon) has been selected as the Atlantic Coast Conference Player and Pitcher of the Week after leading the Cavaliers to the title of the Winthrop Invitational. Dennis, who was also selected as the ACC Player of the Week on March 14, shares this week's Player of the Week honor with Florida State's Serita Brooks.
In addition to helping lead Virginia to the Winthrop Invitational title in Rock Hill, S.C. this past weekend (March 16-18), Dennis led the Cavaliers to a second-place finish at the Coastal Carolina Softball Classic, held March 12-14 in Conway, S.C. In 11 games this past week, Dennis hit .387 (12 hits in 31 at-bats) with a .710 slugging percentage. Among Dennis' 12 hits were three home runs, including a grand slam against Illinois (March 14), and her UVa single season record-breaking ninth homer of the season against Towson (March 17). Dennis also drove in nine runs, scored seven runs and drew six walks.
As a pitcher, Dennis was 3-0 this past week with one save. She won two games in the Coastal Carolina Classic and also won the championship game of the Winthrop Invitational after earning a save in the semifinals. She pitched 22 innings in her four outings with 32 strikeouts and just three walks. Dennis pitched three complete games and gave up just three runs on 15 hits.
On the season, Dennis leads all ACC players in hitting with a .417 batting average (35 hits in 84 at-bats). She also tops all league players in on-base percentage (.520) and slugging percentage (.845). As a pitcher, Dennis is 7-3 with one save and a 1.07 ERA. She has struck out 94 batters and walked only 11 in 65.2 innings.
The Cavaliers, who are 18-2 in their last 20 games, currently stand at 22-8 on the season. Virginia returns to action Friday through Sunday, March 23-25 when it hosts Liberty, Bowling Green and Penn State in the UVa Who's Hoo Classic at The Park in Charlottesville. The Cavaliers open play in the tournament on Friday, March 23 with a doubleheader against Liberty beginning at 9:00 a.m.