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Evans named MVP of All-Star Game

TUCSON, Ariz. - Arizona Heat infielder and former University of Arizona Wildcat Nancy Evans was named the Most Valuable Player in the 2004 National Pro Fastpitch All-Star game at Don E. Porter Hall of Fame Stadium on July 14 in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Evans’ performance in the game included two of the three (2-for-3) hits the West All-Stars got off of pitching from the East All-Stars.

Evans started the top of the seventh inning with a single into centerfield, which was followed by a walk from Clare Burnum (Texas), giving the West runners on first and second with nobody out.

After a passed ball and a strikeout, Arizona’s Cheryl Bolding came up to the plate with runners on second and third with just one out and on the second pitch she saw, sent a fly ball to left field. Lisha Ribellia, another Heat player who pinch-ran for Evans, was able to beat the throw home to give the West a 1-0 lead.

Heat players managed the only hits and the only run in the game for the West. The one run was good enough to come away with a victory over the East.

Evans picks up where she left off in Oklahoma City after winning three national championships for the Wildcats, including a College World Series Most Valuable Player Award.

Her .232 batting average is third-best on the team. She is tops on the team with 10 runs including 14 walks, three HBP and two doubles.

The Heat begin a three-game series with the Akron Racers beginning Monday, July 19 at 7:35 p.m. at Hi Corbett Field.