June 7, 2007
LYNCHBURG, Va. - Virginia first-year first baseman Kelly Haller (Leesburg, Va./Heritage) has been named the 2007 Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) All-State University Division Softball Rookie of the Year. Haller is also one of 11 players named to the VaSID All-State First Team.
In May, Haller was one of 22 players selected to the 2007 Louisville Slugger All-Southeast Region Second Team. Haller is the first UVa freshman to garner All-Southeast Region honors since 1999 when Kristen Dennis was named to the second-team. Haller was an All-ACC Second Team selection as well. She concluded her rookie season with a team-high .409 (61-149) batting average, which ranked second among all ACC players. Haller was also third in the league in on-base percentage (.497), fourth in slugging percentage (.685), fifth in RBI per game (0.87, 47 in 54 games) and tied for eighth in total bases per game (1.89, 102 in 54 games). She led UVa in all the aforementioned categories as well as home runs (11), walks (24), sacrifice flies (2), multiple-hit games (17) and multiple-RBI games (12) while starting 54 contests. Haller was second on the team in doubles with eight. In ACC play, Haller hit .393 (22-56), which was fourth among all players.
Haller's 11 home runs tie for the third most in a single season in school history. She was just two homers short of Dennis' 2002 record of 13 and one shy of Sara Larquier's 2003 rookie record of 12. Haller's .409 batting average is the fourth highest in a single season by a Cavalier and her 47 RBI tie for the sixth highest single season total. Haller's .685 slugging percentage in 2007 is the second highest in school history.
Liberty's Jessica Moore was tabbed the VaSID Player of the Year and Virginia Tech's Angela Tincher was named the Pitcher of the Year. Hampton's Tiny Laster, who passed away in May, was the VaSID Coach of the Year.
Virginia finished the 2007 season with a 17-39 overall record and was 1-20 in Atlantic Coast Conference play.
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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