March 26, 2001
GREENSBORO, N.C. -
University of Virginia softball players Meg Young (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) and Kristen Dennis (Encinitas, Calif./La Costa Canyon) have been selected as the Atlantic Coast Conference Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, after leading the Cavaliers to the title of the Who's Hoo Tournament. Dennis earns an ACC honor for the third-consecutive week as she was named the ACC Player of the Week on March 14 and both the Player and Pitcher of the Week on March 19.
Young, a fourth-year right fielder, went 11 for 22 (.500 batting average) as the Cavaliers swept three doubleheaders over the weekend. Among her 11 hits were three doubles and a home run. Young also tallied five RBI, scored six runs and stole a pair of bases. On the season, Young is third on the team in hitting with a .350 batting average (43 hits in 123 at-bats). Young, who is Virginia's all-time leader in hits (240) and doubles (45), is tied with Dennis for the team lead in hits in 2001 with 43, and leads UVa with 11 doubles and 12 stolen bases.
Dennis, a third-year pitcher/first baseman, won all three games she pitched in the Who's Hoo Tournament. She earned complete game victories over Bowling Green and Penn State then earned another win over the Nittany Lions with 1.2 innings of relief work. Dennis gave up just two earned runs in 15.2 innings in the circle. She struck out 21 of the 66 batters she faced and gave up 14 hits and three walks. Dennis has tallied nine wins and one save in her last 10 appearances. On the season, she is 10-3 with a 1.03 ERA. Dennis has struck out 115 batters and allowed only 14 walks in 81.1 innings of work.
As a hitter, Dennis is batting an impressive .430 with 43 hits in 100 at-bats. She has a .830 slugging percentage and also leads the team with a .540 on-base percentage. Dennis also leads Virginia in RBI (34) and walks (23) and has already set the school record for home runs in a season with 10.
Virginia stands at 28-8 on the season and has won 11 consecutive games. The Cavaliers have 24 wins in their last 26 games. UVa returns to action on Tuesday, March 27 when it travels to Buies Creek, N.C. for a 6:00 p.m. doubleheader against Campbell University.