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LOUISVILLE SLUGGER® COMMEMORATES ARIZONA'S 4th NATIONAL BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP WITH SPECIAL COLLECTOR'S EDITION BAT

TUCSON, AZ (June 28, 2012) ─ The University of Arizona Wildcats made history this week with the school’s fourth baseball National Championship and first since 1986.  Now Wildcat fans can celebrate the latest national title with specially inscribed and officially licensed collector’s edition bats from Louisville Slugger, the equipment supplier for Coach Andy Lopez’s Wildcat championship team.

The bats are engraved with the official National Championship logo, the scores of the two wins over South Carolina in the CWS finals, the University of Arizona logo, as well as the school’s special National Championship logo.

“It’s rare when any college program wins a fourth national title, so Arizona fans will want this special keepsake bat to always remember this historic time for Wildcat baseball,” said Louisville Slugger Director of Premium and Promotional Bat Sales Packy Page.  “Most fans will want to display this bat as soon as they get it, while others might want to buy it now and hold it for a gift to give an Arizona fan for Christmas, a birthday or another special occasion.”

The bats are in the Wildcats’ colors – red, white, and blue – and sell for $100 each.  They’re available at www.sluggergifts.com.  Delivery can be expected within 2–3 weeks as Louisville Slugger works to meet the demand for these special commemorative bats.  The historic bat maker is also working with Arizona shops and bookstores to carry the bats.

“Fans will certainly want this bat to be a part of their University of Arizona memorabilia.  No collection will be complete without it since it represents the Wildcats’ fourth championship in baseball and Coach Lopez’s second, making him only the second coach in history to win the College World Series at two different schools,” Page said.

Louisville Slugger is sending seven of the special bats as congratulatory gifts to Coach Lopez and his assistants, AD Greg Byrne, outgoing university president Eugene Sander and incoming president Ann Weaver Hart.

About Louisville Slugger®

Louisville Slugger® is the Official Bat of Major League Baseball® and is a name that is synonymous with America’s pastime.  Originating in 1884, Louisville Slugger bats have graced the hands of the greatest players in baseball history.  Stars of today swing Louisville Slugger bats, including Josh Hamilton, Derek Jeter, David Wright and Joey Votto.  Louisville Slugger also makes equipment for college, high school and youth baseball players as well as gear for slow-pitch and fastpitch softball.  Louisville Slugger is a brand of the Hillerich & Bradsby Co., a fifth-generation family-owned business that also owns and operates Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory and makes PowerBilt® golf clubs and Bionic® Gloves for a variety of sports and hobbies.

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