Virginia Softball Opens ACC Tourney Saturday

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April 28, 2000

2000 ACC Softball Tournament
@ Florida State University
Tallahassee, Fla.
April 29 - May 1

The ACC Tournament: Virginia enters the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament with a 24-34 overall record and a 3-3 mark in the ACC.

Virginia is the fourth seed in the tournament for the third consecutive year. The Cavaliers open the tournament on Saturday, April 29 when it plays Georgia Tech at 1:00 p.m. The winner advances to play top seeded North Carolina at 5:00 p.m. Saturday.

In each of the last two seasons, UVa has advanced to the title game. Virginia's lone ACC Tournament title came in 1994.

On a Roll: After a shaky start, the 'Hoos are playing their best softball of the season as of late. The Cavaliers enter the ACC Tournament on a three-game winning streak and have won six of their last seven games. UVa, playing its most difficult schedule ever, started the season with just twowins in its first 13 games. Since then, the Cavaliers are 22-21. In the last 22 games, Virginia has posted a respectable 13-9 record.

Coaching 1,000 Games: Virginia head coach Cheryl Sprangel coached her 1000th career game on April 22, a 2-0 win in the second game of a doubleheader over Maryland. Entering the ACC Tournament, Sprangel has a career record of 558-443-1 for a .557 winning percentage over 17 seasons.

Young Sets Three Career Records: Third-year right fielder Meaghan Young has already set three Virginia career records in less than three seasons. Young holds UVa career records in total bases (267), hits (190) and at-bats (627).

Young, the only UVa player to start every game this season, set the total bases record with her 245th base against Harvard on March 28. The former record was 244 total bases by both Lori Reese (1996-99) and Carol O'Neal (1984-87). Young established a new career hits record with her 187th hit (a single) against Georgia Tech on April 15. Elysa "Weezy" Calderone held the former mark of 186 career hits. The at-bats record became Young's with her 620th career at-bat against Maryland on April 22. The former mark of 619 at-bats was also held by Reese.

In addition to holding the three career school records, Young also ranks among the Cavaliers' all-time leaders in triples and doubles. Young has recorded 17 career triples which rank her second all-time.

Marybeth Daucher (1982-85) holds the all-time record with 23 triples.

With 31 career doubles (including a team-high 13 this year), Young stands fourth on the all-time Virginia list.

Career Leader in Games Played: Fourth-year center fielder Corinne Good is Virginia's all-time leader in games played with 216. The former record for career games played was 201 by Lori Reese (1996-99). Good has missed just two games in her career (one game in each of the last two seasons).

Good also ranks in UVa's top 10 in steals and doubles. She has 31 career steals, which places her sixth all-time. On the 'Hoos career doubles list, Good is seventh with 22.

Peay Sacrifices: Fourth-year second baseman/first baseman Amy Peay holds Virginia's single season and career record for sacrifice hits. This year, Peay has laid down a school record 27 sacrifice bunts to break the former record of 23 by Paloma Vanderzanden in 1996. In her career, Peay has registered 51 sacrifice hits to establish a new school record. The former school mark for sacrifice hits was 48 by Cheryl Willson (1989-92).

In addition to the sacrifice records, Peay is second on UVa's games played list with 204. She is second only to teammate Corinne Good's 216 games played.

Peay has recorded 42 hits this season to set a career high and is hitting .262. It is her highest average since hitting .297 in 30 games as a freshman in 1997.

Peay is also the school's single season record holder for putouts with 492 in the 1998 season.

No Sophomore Jinx for Dennis: Second-year pitcher/first baseman Kristen Dennis has having an outstanding sophomore season. Dennis leads the Cavaliers with a .333 batting average and 15 base on balls. She is second on the team with 73 total bases, 54 hits, 11 doubles and 24 RBI.

In the circle, Dennis has had some unfortunate luck and has a record of 5-12. Despite a sub-par record, Dennis leads the team with a 1.99 ERA and has held opponents to a .196 batting average. She has struck out 105 batters in 119.2 innings. McCabe Chasing Steals Record: Second-year left fielder Kelly McCabe leads Virginia in stolen bases with 21 this season in 24 attempts for a .875 success rate. She is two steals shy of equalling Lori Reese's 1999 single season school record of 23. Currently, McCabe is tied with Natalie Annis and Maryrose Sullivan, who both had 21 stolen bases in 1984 and 1980, respectively.

In her career, the redshirt sophomore has 29 stolen bases and stands eighth on Virginia's all-time stolen base list. The school record for career steals is 43 by Sullivan (1980-83).

Quinn Heats Up: Fourth-year right-hander Chrissy Quinn has earned the last three Virginia victories and four of the last six. She posted a 2-0 shutout against Maryland on April 22 and then won both games of a doubleheader against East Carolina on April 26. She pitched 5.2 scoreless innings with 11 strikeouts in relief in winning the first game 6-5. In the nightcap, Quinn went the distance and allowed just two runs while striking out nine in a 3-2 UVa win. The first of the four wins was a 5-0 shutout over Campbell on April 12.

Quinn is 10-11 on the season with a 2.47 ERA. She leads the team in innings pitched (133.0), strikeouts (140) and victories (10). At one point in the season, Quinn was saddled with a 2-8 record.

Breshears Home Runs: Fourth-year third baseman Karen Breshears has hit four home runs this season, including a grand slam against East Carolina on April 22. It is the most by a UVa player in a season since 1993 when Eileen Schmidt clobbered six and Michelle Daly had five. Her four homers this year is the seventh most in a season. In three seasons (she played her first year at Toledo), Breshears has hit six home runs and is tied for sixth place on the Cavaliers' all-time list.

Breshears also has 23 doubles as a Wahoo, which ranks her sixth on the school's all-time doubles list. She is tied for 13th on Virginia's all-time hits list with 139 as well.

Four on Doubles List: The Cavaliers have four players on the 2000 team that rank among the top seven in school history. Meaghan Young leads the active players with 31 (second at UVa), while Kristen Dennis is next with 27. Karen Breshears is third among active players with 23 and Corinne Good is fourth with 22.

Lots of Hits: The Cavaliers have amassed 422 hits this season which ranks third all-time. They need just 13 more hits to tie the 1998 team's record of 435. The second highest single season hit total belongs to the 1985 team which banged out 427 hits.

Errors Really Do Hurt: Virginia's pitchers have a combined 2.24 ERA this season, compared to its opponent's pitchers' ERA of 2.49. The Cavaliers have committed 22 more errors (95 to 73) than there opponents, which is one of the reasons UVa has 10 more losses than wins. Over the last eight games (UVa is 6-2), the Cavaliers have committed just six errors.

Batting Average Up: Last season, the 'Hoos hit .254 as a team, but this season, the team has raised its average 19 points to a respectable .273. In 61 games in 1999, the Cavaliers notched 399 hits, while the 2000 team has surpassed that mark with 422 in 58 games. Virginia's .273 batting average is the highest for the team since 1996 when the team hit .280. In 1980 the Cavaliers batted an all-time high .321.

Total Bases Record: In addition to holding the career total bases record, Meaghan Young needs just three bases to equal her own single season record of 94 set as a rookie in 1998. Young currently has 91 total bases in 2000 which ties Eileen Schmidt's 1993 total for second place.

Rookie Contributions: UVa has received outstanding contributions from several of its first years.

Shortstop/designated player Ruby Rojas leads the Cavalier rookies with a .295 batting average. Despite suffering from an ankle injury, she is third on the team with 46 hits and fourth in RBI with 20.

Shortstop Johanna Kaiser missed the early portion of the season with an ankle injury but is hitting her stride now. Kaiser is hitting .277 in 38 contests, 30 of which she has started.

Catcher Stephanie Calhoun is another of the UVa rookies that has had a very good season despite being bothered by an injury. Calhoun has recently returned to the lineup after suffering a knee injury. Calhoun has started 47 of the 50 games she has played in and is hitting .241. She has been a clutch hitter for the Cavaliers as she has driven in 21 runs with only 34 hits. Her 21 RBI rank her third on the team.

2000 Virginia Player Honors

2000 ACC Players of the Week
Karen Breshears (3/13), Stacey Zagol (3/7)

2000 All-Tournament Team Selections
Stephanie Calhoun: Hoo's Who (3/24-26), Nat'l Invit. (3/10-12)
Kristen Dennis: Cavalier Classic (3/3-5), Tar Heel Invit. (4/8-9)
Corinne Good: Morning News Invitational (2/25-27)
Johanna Kaiser: Tar Heel Invitational (4/8-9)
Jennifer Krill: Cavalier Classic (3/3-5)
Kelly McCabe: Cavalier Classic (3/3-5)
Ruby Rojas: Capital Classic (3/16-19)
Stacey Zagol: Cavalier Classic (3/3-5)
Meaghan Young: Tar Heel Invitational (4/8-9)

Last Year's ACC Tournament: Virginia entered the 1999 ACC Tournament as the fourth seed. In the first game of the tournament, the Cavaliers defeated fifth-seeded Georgia Tech 4-0. UVa then downed top-seeded Maryland 1-0, but ended up on the losing end of another 1-0 game with second-seeded Florida State. Virginia then defeated Maryland 3-1 for a second time to advance to the finals of the tournament. The Cavaliers fell in the finals to Florida State 3-0. Current Cavaliers Karen Breshears, Meg Young and Kristen Dennis were named to the ACC All-Tournament team. For Young, it was her second time being named to the team.

Virginia's Series Records vs. The Tournament Field
11-36 vs. Florida State
19-8 vs. Georgia Tech
12-5 vs. Maryland
23-41-1 vs. North Carolina

The 'Hoos vs. the Tournament Field in 2000: Virginia is 3-5 against the other four teams in the ACC Tournament thus far this season.

UVa is:

2-0 vs. Georgia Tech W, 4-2, W, 4-1 (4/15)
1-1 vs. Maryland L, 3-5 - 12 inn., W, 2-0 (4/22)
0-4 vs. North Carolina L, 1-3 (4/1), L, 6-11 (4/2)
L, 1-3*(4/8), L, 2-6* (4/9)
0-0 vs. Florida State
* non-ACC game

Cavaliers All-Time in the ACC Tournament: Virginia is 16-15 all-time in the ACC Tournament. Here is a breakdown of how UVa has fared against the other teams in the tourney.

Florida State3-8
Georgia Tech4-3
Maryland3-2
North Carolina6-2


Virginia in the ACC Tournament Year-by-Year
(since inception of tournament in 1992)
Overall Record: 16-15 (.516)

1992: #2 North Carolina def. #3 Virginia, 2-0
Virginia def. #4 Georgia Tech, 10-3
Virginia def. North Carolina, 3-1
*#1 Florida State def. Virginia, 11-1

1993: #3 Virginia def. #2 North Carolina, 1-0
Virginia def. #1 Florida State, 1-0
Florida State def. Virginia, 2-0
*Florida State def. Virginia, 4-2

1994: #2 Virginia def. #3 North Carolina, 2-1
Virginia def. #1 Florida State, 2-0
Florida State def. Virginia, 1-0
*Virginia def. Florida State, 3-0

1995: #2 Georgia Tech def. #3 Virginia, 3-1
Virginia def. #5 Maryland, 8-0
Virginia def. #4 North Carolina, 5-4
Georgia Tech def. Virginia, 7-4

1996: #5 Maryland def. #4 Virginia, 1-0
Virginia def. #3 Georgia Tech, 3-2
#1 North Carolina def. Virginia, 8-0

1997: #3 Maryland def. #2 Virginia, 4-3
#4 Georgia Tech def. Virginia, 7-2

1998: #4 Virginia def. #5 Georgia Tech, 3-1
Virginia def. #1 North Carolina, 2-1
#2 Florida State def. Virginia, 10-0
Virginia def. North Carolina, 6-0
*Florida State def. Virginia, 2-1

1999: #4 Virginia def. #5 Georgia Tech, 4-0
Virginia def. #1 Maryland, 1-0
#2 Florida State def. Virginia, 1-0
Virginia def. Maryland, 3-1
*Florida State def. Virginia, 3-0

* ACC Tournament Champion