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May 19, 1999

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – University of Virginia softball playerKristen Dennis (Encinitas, Calif./La Costa) was selected to the 1999Southeast All-Region Second Team as a utility player. Dennis, afirst-yearat UVA, spent time this season as a first baseman, pitcher anddesignatedhitter for the Cavaliers. She entered the ’99 season with Virginiacarrying high expectations from her excellent high school career. Shedidnot disappoint anyone with her performances this season, as she steppedright into the Cavalier lineup and finished the year as one of UVA’s topplayers.

“I’m very excited for Kristen to receive this honor,” saidVirginiahead softball coach Cheryl Sprangel. “To be selected to such an elitegroup of players in just her first season of collegiate play isindicativeof her outstanding abilities. Kristen is a true utility player. Shehascontributed to our team (UVA) in more ways than one. Kristen hasgatheredthe attention of others that she deserves and has brought recognition toour team by representing Virginia. I’m very happy for her and I’mexcitedto know that she will be returning for three more years of softball atUVA.”

Dennis started all 59 games she appeared in this season forVirginia. She was selected to the 1999 Atlantic Coast ConferenceAll-Tournament Team and was chosen to the UNC Triangular ClassicAll-Tournament Team this season. Dennis was named the ACC Pitcher oftheWeek on April 27 and was tabbed the ACC Player of the Week on Feb. 23.15of her 59 starts were as a pitcher, were she recorded a record of 9-6(.600). She demonstrated she is one of UVA’s most versatile players assheexcelled at first base, pitcher and at the plate in her first season ofcollegiate play.

Dennis batted .347 with 176 appearances at bat. She recordedteam-highs with 247 putouts, 27 RBI, 16 doubles and two homeruns.Dennisfinished third on the team with 61 hits (including one triple) and 27runsscored. She was successful on seven of her nine stolen base attempts.Dennis appeared in 18 games as a pitcher, were she posted a 1.64 ERA.Shefaced 482 batters through 111 innings of work and was second on the teamwith 92 strikeouts and four shutouts. Dennis finished third on the teamwith ten complete games pitched and tallied a .986 fielding percentage.She also gathered one save as a pitcher.

Dennis ranks first in the ACC in double per game with a 0.27average, fourth in the conference with a .347 batting average, fourth inthe ACC with a 1.64 ERA, fourth in the conference with a 5.80 strikeoutsper game, fifth in the ACC in pitching victories percentage with a markof9-6 (.600) and is fifth in the conference with one save this season.

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