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December 8, 1998

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – University of Virginia softball player Lori Reese (Shippensburg, Pa./Chambersburg) was selected by the Carolina Diamonds in the eighth round of the 1999 Womens Pro Softball League (WPSL) Senior Draft. Reese, a fourth-year shortstop for UVa, was the 46th player selected in the draft. She was one of 50 of the 60 collegiate players chosen by the WPSLs six teams that play positions in the field while the other ten players were listed as pitchers.

Reese, who will return to UVa for her senior season, is one of Virginias top returning players and will look to build upon a very successful 98 campaign. In 1998, she helped UVa record 38 victories, the second most wins in a single season in Virginia softball history. She was selected to the 1998 All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) softball team and named to the Sports Plus Collegiate Classic All-Tournament team after she recorded five hits, five RBI and scored a run to help UVa capture the tournament crown. Reese started each of UVas 66 games at shortstop. She batted .311, which was the team-high for batters with at least 55 attempts, and finished second for Virginia with 61 hits, 25 RBI and nine stolen bases (9-14 attempts). Reese tied teammate Beth Crimi with a team-high 15 doubles. She also recorded two triples, one homerun and collected a team-high 146 assists to go along with 82 putouts. Reese was third on the team in at-bats with 196 attempts and fourth on the team with 24 runs scored while posting a .908 fielding percentage and a .341 on-base percentage.

In 1997, she started all 33 games for UVa and led Virginia in at-bats (102) and assists (79). Reese batted .225 with 23 hits, collected seven RBI and scored eight runs. She tied for second on the team with four doubles, gathered a team-high 79 assists to go along with 52 putouts and posted a .897 fielding percentage. In 1996, Reese started all 40 games she played in. She appeared at the plate with a team-high 127 attempts, recorded a .260 batting average and finished second on the team with 20 RBI and 11 doubles. She also finished third on the team with 33 hits and two triples, scored 17 runs and recorded one homerun.

In high school, Reese was a member of the 95 Junior World Championship Team and was an All-American and All-State selection in 1994. She led Chambersburg to the 1994 State Championship (Pa.) after being a four-year letterwinner, team captain and a four-time All-Mid Penn Conference selection.

Reese by the Numbers

Year         G  H   2B  3B  HR  R   RBI BB  SO  AVR.    PO  AST.    E   1996        40  33  11  2   1   17  20  6   19  .260    66  90  181997        33  23  4   0   0   8   7   5   8   .225    52  79  151998        66  61  15  2   1   24  25  7   11  .311    82  146 23  Totals      139 117 30  4   2   49  52  18  38  .275    200 315 56  
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