Virginia Signs Four Softball Recruits

VIRGINIASPORTSDOTCOM Head coach Cheryl Sprangel has announced the signing of four recruits
VIRGINIASPORTSDOTCOM
Head coach Cheryl Sprangel has announced the signing of four recruits
VIRGINIASPORTSDOTCOM

Dec. 14, 2000

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - University of Virginia head softball coach Cheryl Sprangel has announced that four players have committed to attend Virginia and play softball for the Cavaliers. The four student-athletes who will enroll at Virginia for the 2001-02 academic year are: second baseman/outfielder Lauren Dennis (Encinitas, Calif./La Costa Canyon), pitcher/infielder Valerie Sevilla (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga), outfielder Mary Katherine White (Vienna, Va./James Madison), and catcher Jenn Wynn (Herndon, Va./Herndon).

Dennis is a 5-4 infielder/outfielder from Encinitas, California, and the younger sister of current UVa third-year pitcher/first baseman Kristen Dennis. She is a first-team All-League selection and a three-year letterwinner. As a junior in 2000, she led the team to the CIF Championship, a repeat accomplishment from 1998. She led the team in batting average and stolen bases in 1999. Dennis has also been named to the All-North County team, Union-Tribune All-Academic athletic team, and the North County Times Athlete of the Week. She is a member of the National Honor Society, California Scholastic Federation (CSF), and a Golden State Scholar/Diploma recipient.

"Lauren is an exceptional athlete and student. She is a solid fundamental player with consistent hitting techniques. Her speed will probably be the biggest asset to the team," stated Sprangel.

Sevilla is a 5-4 pitcher/infielder from Rancho Cucamonga, California. She is a three-time first-team All-League and Scholar Athlete selection. As a junior in 2000, she was named the team MVP and All-Inland Valley after leading Rancho Cucamonga to a 17-2 overall record. As a pitcher, she sported a 0.29 ERA and notched 84 strikeouts. She also batted .405, hit two home runs and drove in 22 runs on the season. Sevilla is also a member of the California Cruisers 18 Gold ASA team.

"We are excited about Valerie's versatility. We were looking for a strong outfield and hitter, but also received an excellent pitcher to add to our staff," Sprangel said.

White is a 5-6 outfielder from Vienna, Virginia. She is a three-year Liberty District and Northern Region first-team performer for James Madison High School. In 1999 and 2000, White also earned Virginia State AAA first-team All-State honors and Washington Post first-team All-Met accolades. In addition in 2000, White was selected to the Times Newspapers first-team and was honored with the Scholar Athlete Award. White batted .393 while playing right field in 2000 after hitting .448 in 1999 and .491 in 1998. White is also a member of the Shamrocks 18-Under team.

"At our summer camp, M.K. was named the best defensive player and that is where I see her contributing to the team during the initial stages of her career," commented Sprangel.

Jenn Wynn is a 5-7 catcher from Herndon, Virginia. Wynn is a two-time first-team All-District and All-Region pick. She is also a two-time second-team All-State selection and was named to the 2000 All-Met second-team. Last year, Wynn was named Herndon's MVP and to the Concorde District Tournament team. As a junior, she tallied 22 hits, one home run, and hit .333. She played for the 16-U Shamrocks from 1997-1999 and the 18-U Shamrocks in 2000. In 1998, Wynn helped lead the Shamrocks to a ninth-place finish at 16-U AFA Nationals.

"Jenn is the second of two talented local recruits. She is a very solid fundamental catcher, and will give us needed depth at the catching position," said Sprangel.

Virginia finished the 2000 season with a 27-38 overall record and a 3-5 mark in the ACC. The Cavaliers also advanced to the finals of the ACC Championship for the third-consecutive year.