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Posted on Thu, Oct 29, 2009 : 1:10 p.m.

Michigan softball player Bree Evans released from hospital

By Pete Cunningham

The University of Michigan softball community held its collective breath the evening of Oct. 1 when sophomore center fielder Bree Evans was carted off Alumni Field on a stretcher. Evans was transported to University of Michigan Hospital via ambulance after a head-on collision at home plate during an exhibition game with Michigan State.

Evans was released from the hospital two weeks ago, according to Michigan sports information director Leah Howard. Howard declined to comment on details of Evans’ injury.

Evans, a sophomore from Bloomington, Calif., started 59 games as a freshman, hit .319 with eight doubles, two triples and 25 RBI, 16 stolen bases and was an All-Big Ten second team selection. Before her injury, Evans was hitting .545 (6-for-11) in fall ball.

“There’s nobody that makes an offense go more than Bree,” Michigan coach Carol Hutchins recently told “She is the ultimate and consummate table-setter. You do look at your kids when they come back, because you want to see that they’re better. Bree was one of people on the team that I really felt came back better in all aspects. She was a little bit faster, she had more confidence, and she had that moxie that she lacked a little bit as a freshman. So, I’ve really got my fingers crossed that we’ll get her back for this year. If we don’t, we’re going to need someone to step it up.”

Speaking of the exhibition season, Hutchins also told MGoBlue, “this fall was just filled with a lot of pit holes and injuries, but we’ve dealt with them. The kids don’t seem too fazed by it. They haven’t before faced the kind of adversity they’ve faced this fall.”


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