Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

UNIVERSITY OF CHARLESTON SOFTBALL ; Bottom of the Order Rising to the Challenge

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

UNIVERSITY OF CHARLESTON SOFTBALL ; Bottom of the Order Rising to the Challenge

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For Jenna Evans, Alyssa Stanley and Allison Evans, their spots in the University of Charleston softball team's batting order are nothing but a number. Jenna Evans, Stanley and Allison Evans are the seventh, eighth and ninth batters, respectively, in the Golden Eagles lineup. Those aren't spots normally looked upon for offensive firepower. Yet UC wouldn't be where it is today - preparing for its first College World Series appearance - without their bats.

"I can remember at least three of our last four games that we've won, it was because of them, Loeser said.

The trio has come up with some crucial hits since Charleston began regional play, and the team will look for them to contribute again when it faces Adelphi at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday in Denver.

As a whole, the three players' hitting this season hasn't jumped off the page. Allison Evans has hit .322 with 21 RBIs, but Jenna Evans has hit .273 with 19 RBIs and Stanley has hit .230. Yet all three have been essential in Charleston's postseason run.

Down 1-0 in the bottom of the 12th in UC's regional opener against Kutztown, Stanley hit a two-out single to second, got to second on an Allison Evans single to right, and scored on a Rachelle Toppings single up the middle. Stanley and Jenna Evans drove in two of the three runs in UC's next regional win over Kutztown, Evans on a single and Stanley on a fielder's choice.

The three combined to go 6 for 11 at the plate in Charleston's first super regional win at West Virginia Wesleyan. The biggest hit they came up with happened in Game 3 of the super regional. The Evans sisters broke open a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fifth. Allison Evans walked and got to second on a Natalie Beck sacrifice hit. Then Jenna Evans drove her sister home with a single to left to send the Golden Eagles to the World Series.

Loeser said the trio's late-season surge came not from a pep talk or directive from the coaches, but from their own motivation. …

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