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RADFORD, Va.- The Coastal Carolina softball team earned some good news a day prior to the beginning of the 2009 Big South Softball Tournament presented by Texas Roadhouse, as senior second baseman Kelsey Riffel (Wichita, Kansas/Maize), junior outfielder Mecaela Ballard (Groves, Texas/Galveston JC) and sophomore Michelle Evans (Upland, Calif./Upland) were all named to the second team All-Big South squad for their performances on the diamond this year.
Riffel truly had a career year this season, as she senior has boosted her average 89 points after hitting .213 as a junior and .116 as a sophomore. Heading into the tournament, she is second on the team in batting average (.302) and is tied for the second spot in hits as well as steals with seven. Riffel also showed that she is a true team player this season, making the move from the outfield, where she played her first three seasons, to second base. Additionally, Riffel was named to the Big South All-Academic Team for earning a 3.86 GPA in biology.
Evans leads the team in batting average (.340), ranking her ninth in the Big South in the stat. The sophomore, who split team between pitcher and designated player last season, also leads the team in hits with 50 and is tied for the lead with four home runs. Evans moved to third base at the beginning of the season, and held down the hot corner for the Chants with a .949 fielding percentage. She has had the longest hit streak of the season for the Chants (seven games) and has had 11 multi-hit games and four multi-RBI games.
Ballard has been a mainstay for the Chants this season in the leadoff spot as well as centerfield. The slap hitter is fifth in the conference with 12 steals on the season, and had a career-high three RBI against
The three plaudits are the first in each players respective career, as Coastal Carolina had one member named to the squad last season in Verity Long-Droppert, who was also named to the second team.
Riffel, Ballard and Evans will take the field with their new accolades for the first time tomorrow, Thurs., May 7 against the Liberty Lady Flames in game two of the tournament from Radford Softball Field. First pitch is slated for