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SPORTS
Wednesday, June 9, 2004
photo Top-ranked softball misses first World Series since '87

For 16 years, seeing the Arizona softball team in the College World Series has been something you could set your watch by. But not anymore. This year, the UA was shocked at home and missed the series for the first time since 1987.

For the second year in a row, the Wildcats (55-6) were the top seed in the tournament but did not earn a national title.

After beating them 9-1 earlier in the season on a neutral field, Arizona lost to Oklahoma 3-2. Then, a day after shutting them out 4-0 in a near-perfect game by Alicia Hollowell (41-5), the UA lost 5-0 to Louisiana-Lafayette, knocking them out of the double elimination Tucson Regional without even reaching the title game. [Read article]

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Baseball takes Regional, nears World Series play

Wildcats go undefeated to advance furthest since '86

Very few schools' histories can rival that of Arizona when it comes to baseball, but all those great accomplishments came years ago.

That is, until now.

The 18th-ranked UA (33-24-1) won its first Regional since 1986, which was also the last time it won the College World Series, by going 3-0 in the double elimination tourney and paying back two teams they went 0-3-1 against during the regular season. [Read article]

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Sports Briefs

Grieving men's golf team finishes third

Playing with heavy hearts and without one of their own at last week's NCAA championships, just finishing the tournament would have been a feat in itself.

But the Wildcats had other plans, battling to a third place finish while playing the NCAA championships without junior Nathan Lashley. Lashley's parents, Rod and Charlene, and girlfriend, Leslie Hofmeister, died in plane crash in the Wyoming mountains after watching Lashley play for Arizona in the NCAA West Regionals. [Read article]

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