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May 21, 2000

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – University of Virginia baseball players Jon Benick (Glen Lyon, Pa./Greater Naticoke), Tim LaVigne (Virginia Beach, Va./Cox) and Robbie Marvin (Ashburn, Va./Stony Brook) were named to the 2000 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Teams. Benick was a First-Team selection, while LaVigne and Marvin gathered Second-Team honors. Benick (first base) and LaVigne (shortstop) also earned a spot on the 2000 ACC All-Tournament team.

Benick, a third-year first baseman/catcher, was named to the All-ACC Baseball Team for the second consecutive season after being tabbed as a Second-Team choice in 1999. Benick started all 58 games this season for Virginia and finished the 2000 season with a .286 batting average. He ended the year second on the team with 66 hits, including 14 doubles (second on the team) and seven home runs (third on the team). Benick lead UVa with 49 RBI and was second on the club with 46 runs scored. He tallied a team-high 405 putouts to add with 39 assists and was 9-12 in stolen base attempts. Benick made more plate appearances than any other Cavalier in the 2000 season with 231 at-bats.

LaVigne, a fourth-year shortstop/pitcher, served as a co-captain this season with teammate Luis Giraldo (McLean, Va./Langley). He ended his career at Virginia as UVa’s all-time leader in saves (18), pitching appearances (92) and hit by a pitch (51). LaVigne started all 58 games this season at shortstop and appeared as a relief pitcher 26 times en route to a 4-0 record on the mound with a 3.23 ERA. He finished third on the team with 37 strikeouts despite pitching only 39 innings.

As good as he performed as a pitcher for the Cavaliers, LaVigne developed into one of the top shortstops in the conference. He batted .320 for the year with 225 at-bats and was UVa’s leader with a team-high 72 hits. LaVigne was tied for first on the squad with two triples, third on the team with 12 doubles and fourth on the club with four home runs. He posted a team-high 145 assists to go along with 77 putouts with a .949 fielding percentage after making numerous sensational plays on the field. LaVigne also finished fifth on the team with 39 runs scored and was 7-12 in stolen base attempts.

Marvin, a fourth-year second baseman, finished the season as Virginia’s top hitter with a .350 batting average. After starting all 51 games he appeared in this year, he finished third on the squad with 63 hits, including six doubles and one triple. Marvin scored 40 runs and tallied 24 RBI while leading the team in stolen bases (16-18). He was second on the team with 121 assists and finished fourth on the club with 136 putouts and recorded a .952 fielding percentage.

The trio of players guided Virginia to an overall record of 26-31-1, 10-14 in the ACC. The Cavaliers advanced to the semi-finals of the ACC Tournament and finished with a 2-2 record before being eliminated by Clemson, the eventual tournament runner-up.

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