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Nov. 21, 2002

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – University of Virginia head baseball coach Dennis Womack has announced today that three fourth-year players, Greg Hansard (Midlothian, Va./Manchester), Shooter Starr (Chevy Chase, Md./Maret School) and Chris Sweet (Houston, Texas/Stratford), have been selected as team captains and will serve as the tri-captains for the 2003 UVa baseball team.

“The baseball captains at Virginia are chosen by their teammate, by their peers, and the coaching staff could not be happier with the three young men that were chosen,” said Womack. “These are three quality young men, terrific young men, who will provide the kind leadership that is needed for our program.”

Hansard, a left-handed pitcher, has started two of the 46 games he has appeared in for his career. Both of his career pitching starts came in the 2002 season. Hansard has a career record of 2-5 with two saves. He has pitched a total of 64.2 innings and has recorded 60 strikeouts for his career. Last season (2002), Hansard was third on the team with a 3.98 ERA and pitched the fourth highest number of innings on the squad with 40.2. He struck out a career-high 35 batters which fourth highest mark on the team, including 11 batters that struck out looking. Hansard’s 18 total appearances on the mound last season was the third highest total by a Cavalier pitcher in 2002. He turned in a career-best 2.37 ERA with 20 strikeouts following the 2001 season.

Starr, a right-handed pitcher, has started eight of the 41 games he has appeared in. He has record of 4-7 through 96.1 innings and has recorded 55 career strikeouts on the mound for his career. Last season (2002), Starr appeared in 16 contests (including two starts) and pitched a total of 30.2 innings. He struck out 20 batters and picked up a win in Virginia’s 5-1 victory over Seton Hall on March 3rd. Starr’s 16 appearances last season was the fourth highest total for a Cavalier pitcher in 2002. He pitched a career-high 50.2 innings and recorded a career-high 27 strikeouts in his first season (2000) at UVa and started four of the 19 games he appeared in that year. In 2001, Starr went on to post a 2-0 record on the mound after 15 innings of work.

Sweet, a outfielder, has started 116 of the 120 game he has appeared in for his career. He has a career batting average of .287 and has recorded 127 hits, 69 runs and 53 RBI. Of his 127 career hits, 21 were doubles, five were triples and six were home runs. Sweet was successful on 20 of his 27 career stolen base attempts and has gathered a total of 176 career total bases. Last season, he batted a career-high .298 which was the fifth highest batting average on the team and is the second highest average for a returning player entering the 2003 season. Sweet also set career-high marks with his 64 runs, 36 runs and four home runs in 2002. He has started every game he has appeared in the last two seasons for the Cavaliers. Sweet also made his first career pitching performance in 2002.

Earlier this year, Sweet became the 48th player from UVa selected in the Major League Baseball Draft when he was the fourth Cavalier selected in the 2002 MLB Draft . He was chosen in the 37th round as the 1117th pick overall by the San Francisco Giants, but elected to return to Virginia for his senior year.

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