Virginia Softball Opens ACC Play This Weekend

VIRGINIASPORTSDOTCOM Second-year first baseman/pitcher Kristen Dennis leads Virginia in hitting with a .308 average.
VIRGINIASPORTSDOTCOM
Second-year first baseman/pitcher Kristen Dennis leads Virginia in hitting with a .308 average.
VIRGINIASPORTSDOTCOM

March 31, 2000

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The University of Virginia softball team will open the Atlantic Coast conference portion of its 2000 schedule by hosting North Carolina in single games on Saturday and Sunday, April 1-2 at The Park in Charlottesville. On Saturday (April 1), hot dogs and Coke will be given away to the first 100 spectators. Prizes will also be given out throughout the game.

Virginia stands at 15-25 on the season, but has won its last four games, including three by shutout. UVa swept doubleheaders from Harvard and UMBC on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 28 and 29, respectively, at The Park. UVa posted 4-0 and 8-0 shutout wins over Harvard on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the Cavaliers defeated UMBC 1-0 and 4-3. North Carolina enters the weekend with a 29-13 record. The Tar Heels have won three of their last four games.

The two teams split a pair of games last season in Chapel Hill, N.C. North Carolina won the first game 4-2 on April 3, but the Cavaliers rebounded to earn the split with a 4-3 victory on April 4. North Carolina leads the all-time series 23-37-1.

Second-year first baseman/pitcher Kristen Dennis (Encinitas, Calif./La Costa Canyon) leads the team in hitting with a .308 average (33-107). She is also 3-8 with a 1.96 ERA as a pitcher. First-year shortstop Ruby Rojas (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei) is second on the team in hitting with a .305 batting average. Third-year right fielder Meaghan Young (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) is the team's hottest hitter. She is currently batting .268 with a team-high 38 hits, of which 13 are extra-base hits, including five triples. Second-year left fielder Kelly McCabe (Maple Glen, Pa./Upper Dublin) leads the team with 20 stolen bases in 22 attempts and is also batting .286 (21-74).

Fourth-year Stacey Zagol (Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga) leads the team with eight victories in 16 decisions and has also posted a team-best 1.77 ERA. She is tied with fourth-year Chrissy Quinn (Buckingham, Pa./Central Bucks East) for team high honors in complete games with eight. Zagol has struck out 84 batters in 99 innings of work.

As a team, North Carolina is batting .317 with 92 extra-base hits, including 29 home runs. Michelle Semmes leads the Tar Heels with a .384 batting average, while Kelly Ramsey is hitting .374. Natalie Anter tops the club with nine home runs. Radara McHugh is UNC's top pitcher. She has posted a 13-4 record with a 0.93 ERA.