June 5, 2001
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -
Rising fourth-year University of Virginia softball player Kristen Dennis (Encinitas, Calif./La Costa Canyon) has been named to the 2001 Division I Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-America second-team as announced at the Women's College World Series. Dennis is one of 18 players named to the second team. Eighteen players were also chosen for the first team, while 19 players compose the third team.
Dennis, a team tri-captain in 2001, was selected as the designated player for the Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-America second-team. She is just the second Virginia softball player to earn All-America accolades. UVa's first All-American was Eileen Schmidt, who garnered third-team All-America honors in 1994.
Dennis was a pitcher/first baseman/designated player as a third-year in 2001. Dennis was an All-Southeast Region pick as a designated player, which made her eligible for All-America honors. In addition, she was a first-team Eastern College Athletic Conference All-Star as a utility player, as well as an All-ACC performer at designated player. Dennis was a second-team All-Southeast Region pick in 1999. She was also the recipient Virginia's 2000-2001 Ralph Sampson Scholarship Award which is given annually to a third-year student-athlete who best demonstrates excellence in academics, leadership, and athletics.
Dennis hit .380 in 2001 with 63 hits in 166 at-bats. She set single season school records with 11 home runs, 49 RBI and 47 walks. Her 113 total bases in the 2001 season are the third highest total in school history. Dennis is also UVa's career leader in home runs (16) and walks (90). With 100 career RBI, Dennis is just two shy of that school record. In the circle, she posted an 18-7 record with one save and a 1.31 ERA. Dennis pitched 154.2 innings and struck out 200 batters while walking just 32. Dennis, the 1999 ACC Rookie of the Year, is currently 14th in the nation with 9.1 strikeouts per seven innings. She was a two-time ACC Player and two-time ACC Pitcher of the Week this season.
Virginia concluded the 2001 season with a 52-17 mark and nearly earned the school's first NCAA Tournament bid. The 52 victories are a school record for wins in a season by any Cavalier squad. UVa was also 4-4 in the ACC and 5-5 in the Southern Atlantic Softball Alliance.