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March 4, 2002

GREENSBORO, N.C. – University of Virginia fourth-year All-American Kristen Dennis (Encinitas, Calif./La Costa Canyon) has been selected as the Atlantic Coast Conference Softball Player of the Week as announced Monday (March 4). It marks the second consecutive week Dennis as garnered the conference’s weekly award. Dennis registered a pair of victories and hit .571 while leading UVa to the Cavalier Classic title with a perfect 4-0 record.

Dennis, a second-team All-American in 2001, helped Virginia clinch first place in the Cavalier Classic by tossing a three-hitter in UVa’s 2-0 victory over Tennessee Saturday (March 2). She struck out 12 batters and walked none. Dennis also earned a win in relief as she pitched four hitless innings in the Cavaliers’ 6-2 triumph over Rider Saturday. She struck out 10 of the 14 batters she faced.

Dennis, a three-time All-ACC selection, was also 8-14 (.571) at the plate with one home run and two doubles. She scored six runs and drive in two more.

As a pitcher, Dennis is 6-1 on the season with a minuscule 0.15 ERA. She has allowed just one earned run (and four runs overall) in 47.2 innings. Dennis has struck out 72 batters and walked 12 and opponents are batting just .109 against her. Dennis is also hitting .409 (18-44) with 10 RBI.

Virginia has won seven consecutive games and stands at 13-3 on the season. The Cavaliers return to action March 8-10 when they compete in the National Invitational Tournament in San Jose, Calif. UVa opens the tournament March 8 against Santa Clara and Miami University at 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., respectively.

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