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Dec. 3, 2003

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – University of Virginia head baseball coach Brian O’Connor has announced that three fourth-year players, Joe Koshansky (Fairfax, Va./Chantily), Paul Gillispie (Danville, Va./George Washington) and Alan Zimmerer (Montoursville, Pa./Montoursville) have been selected as team captains and will serve as the tri-captains for the 2004 UVa baseball team.

“We are fortunate to have many leaders on the 2004 team,” said O’Connor. “Joe, Paul and Alan are excellent representatives of the University of Virginia and the baseball program. I am excited to see these three seniors lead this team during the 2004 season.”

Koshansky is a fourth-year first baseman/left-handed pitcher who enjoyed a banner-type year in 2003. He was named a 2003 First Team All-ACC choice, selected to the 2003 ACC All-Tournament Team, named to the 2003 All-America Team as an honorable mention choice and was selected to the 2003 Virginia College Sports Information Directors (VaSID) All-State Team as an honorable mention pick.

Last season, Koshansky started all 51 games he appeared in and batted .320 with 57 hits, 43 runs and 36 RBI in 178 at-bats. Of his 57 hits, 10 were doubles, nine were home runs and three were triples. Koshansky led the team with 35 bases on balls and had a slugging percentage of .562 while racking up 100 total bases. On the mound, Koshansky turned in a record of 7-2 with a 2.31 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 58.1 innings of action. He held opposing batters to a .206 batting average.

Gillispie, a fourth-year outfielder, started 24 of the 33 games he appeared in last season and batted .298 with 31 hits, 22 RBI and 10 runs in 104 at-bats. Of his 31 hits, three were doubles and one was a home run. Gillispie posted a .356 slugging percentage and racked-up 37 total bases.

Zimmerer, a fourth-year left-handed pitcher, started one of the 20 games he made an appearance in on the mound last year. He turned in a record of 2-0 with one save and had an ERA of 3.45. Zimmerer pitched 28.2 innings while striking out 22 batters and held opposing batters to a .252 batting average.

Virginia will begin its 2004 regular season with a three-game series against North Carolina A&T on February 13-15 in Greensboro, N.C.

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