(L-R) Erica Cipolloni, Giannina Cipolloni, Melanie Mitchell
June 22, 2012
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -
Three Virginia softball players - sophomore Erica Cipolloni, senior Giannina Cipolloni and junior Melanie Mitchell - were honored Friday by the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) as first team all-state selections.
Giannina Cipolloni (Philadelphia, Pa.) was named to the VaSID first team for the second consecutive year. A senior outfield, Cipolloni set the Virginia career stolen bases record in 2012 and finished her career with 89 career steals. Her total of 31 stolen bases this season ranks second on the single season list, only behind her school record mark of 32 set in 2011. Cipolloni hit .286 as a senior and led the Cavaliers with 46 hits, 25 RBI and eight doubles.
Erica Cipolloni (Philadelphia, Pa.) received her first career VaSID all-state accolade. She led Virginia at the plate with a .300 average and a team-best nine home runs while contributing 19 RBI and 10 steals. Cipolloni's on-base percentage of .454 ranks 10th in the single season records books and her .582 slugging percentage was fourth among ACC hitters this season.
Mitchell (White Plains, Md.) was honored for the second time in her career after also being named to the first team as a freshman in 2010. She tied the school record with her 112th career start in the ACC Championship vs. Georgia Tech and ranks among the top-5 in the Virginia record books in career strikeouts (second), innings pitched (third), shutouts (fourth) and wins (fourth). Mitchell's 1.55 ERA ranked second among conference pitchers and her 278 strikeouts ranked third. She was an All-ACC selection.
Mitchell and both Cipolloni sisters were all named second team all-region performers this season as Virginia finished with a 26-25 mark.
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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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