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LOUISVILLE SLUGGER® TEAMS ARIZONA & FLORIDA STATE COME INTO OMAHA SWINGING "HOT STICKS"!

OMAHA, NE (June 13, 2012) – The NCAA College World Series gets underway this week, and Louisville Slugger-sponsored programs Arizona and Florida State will be swinging away when the action starts.  Both programs have produced prolific offense in winning their Super Regionals, enough that announcers on ESPN called their bats "hot sticks!"

Swinging away with their Louisville Slugger BBCOR bats, the Wildcats and Seminoles were belting the ball like few teams in college baseball post-season history.  Florida State’s 35 runs in two Super Regional wins tied an NCAA record. Arizona had 23 hits and 14 runs in its sweep of St. John’s.  Arizona and FSU are both swinging the 2012 Exo2, Omaha and Z-1000, as well as the new 2013 Exo3 and Omaha Balanced bats. Look for 2013 bats this fall.

"We’re proud of these coaches and their programs and wish both all the very best of luck in Omaha," said Louisville Slugger Collegiate Program Manager Kevin Uhrhan.  "The innovative bats and gloves they’ll use in Omaha were developed from feedback we received while doing research and development with these and the other college programs we sponsor. So, in reality, the players are using products they actually had a hand in helping design."

Player feedback has been part of Louisville Slugger’s model for innovation since the company made its very first bat for professional player Pete Browning in 1884.  128 years later, Louisville Slugger – the maker of the Number One Bat in Major League Baseball® – continues to use that method to create leading-edge technology for players at all levels.

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 graced the hands of the greatest players in baseball history, including Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, Stan Musial, Jackie Robinson and Hank Aaron, to name just a few.  Stars of today also swing Louisville Slugger bats, including Josh Hamilton, Derek Jeter, Joey Votto, David Wright and Hanley Ramirez.  Louisville Slugger also makes TPX® baseball equipment for college, high school, and youth players, as well as TPS® equipment for slow-pitch and fastpitch softball players.  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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