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Even UA baseball players catching hoops fever

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When the UA men's basketball team heads to Minnesota this weekend for the Final Four, Arizona's baseball team will be in the midst of a three-game series with Pacific 10 Conference opponent Oregon State.

Even though the baseball game will overlap the basketball game, the Arizona baseball team will be glued to the television once their game has concluded.

"We have a TV in the locker room, and it will be turned on as soon as our game is completed," UA baseball head coach Jerry Stitt said. "During the game versus Illinois, all of our players stayed in the locker room until the final whistle was blown. No one even thought of leaving, even though we had the big lead going into the final two minutes. Everybody was just pulling for the team."

Senior first baseman Ernie Durazo and junior right fielder Shelley Duncan said being involved in the Arizona athletic program has made them more spirited and involved in the success of the basketball team.

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