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Feb. 27, 2006

GREENSBORO, N.C. – University of Virginia fourth-year pitcher/left fielder Erin Horn (Tallahassee, Fla./Leon) has been selected as the Atlantic Coast Conference Softball Player of the Week as announced Monday (Feb. 27). It marks the first time Horn has garnered the ACC’s weekly award. Horn helped the Cavaliers post a 4-2 record at the Panera Bread Challenge in Chattanooga, Tenn., which was held Feb. 24-26.

Horn excelled at the plate and in the circle last week to capture the ACC’s weekly softball honor.

Horn batted .313, collecting five hits in 16 at bats and scoring two runs. Against UAB on Saturday (Feb. 25), Horn went 3-for-3 with her first career triple and a stolen base as the Cavaliers won 4-3. She went 1-for-2 against East Tennessee State on Sunday (Feb. 26), and scored the decisive run in the bottom of the seventh inning in Virginia’s 3-2 win. She capped her week with a 1-for-3 performance against Maine.

Most impressive of all was Horn’s performance in the circle. Against Miami-Ohio on Friday (Feb. 24), Horn pitched 1.2 innings of hitless relief, striking out three of the five batters she faced. Horn saved her best for last, though, tossing a no-hitter against Maine. She struck out a career-high 16 batters, including 13 consecutive at one point, and issued three walks in 7.0 innings. Horn, who struck out the side in the third, fourth and fifth innings, had a perfect game for 5.2 innings.

For the week, Horn worked 8.2 innings in the circle, allowing no hits while striking out 19.

Virginia now stands at 6-2 on the season. The Cavaliers return to action on Friday (Mar. 3), when they play Oklahoma State and St. Joseph’s at the annual Buzz Classic in Marietta, Ga.

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