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LOUISVILLE SLUGGER’S Z-3000 HITS STORES FEBRUARY 1!

SOFTBALL’S FIRST-EVER THREE-PIECE BAT

LOUISVILLE, KY (February 2014) –Hot off the success of the Z-2000 comes slow-pitch softball’s best performing new bat, the incredibly high-performing 2014 Z-3000 from Louisville Slugger®. It’s softball’s first-ever three-piece bat, featuring Louisville Slugger’s exclusive and patented TRU3™ Technology. The Z-3000 will be in stores February 1.

“TRU3 strengthens the link between the barrel and handle and dramatically reduces vibration on contact,” said Louisville Slugger Manager of Slow Pitch Softball Dennis Turner. “The Z-3000 also has more lightweight fibers in the barrel for strength and durability while keeping the wall thin for maximum pop. Exactly what every softball player wants.”

2013 Majors batting champion Robert Blackburn, with a .798 On-Base Percentage (OBP) achieved with Louisville Slugger’s Z-2000, will swing the Z-3000 in 2014. Blackburn is eager to step to the plate with the Z-3000.

“I’ve been testing the Z-3000 since last summer, “ Blackburn said, “and it’s the real deal. Hotter than the very hot Z-2000, the Z-3 has serious pop. Every guy I’ve let swing it loves it. The Z-3000 is going to be the bat in 2014. If you play softball, you will see lots of Z-3000s on the ball field this spring and summer.”

The Z-3000 is also the official and exclusive bat of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team.

“The Z-3000 is incredible,” said WWAST shortstop Matt Kinsey, a U.S. Army veteran of Afghanistan. “I’ve put thousands of swings on a demo. It was hot from the first swing and just got better and better. Very durable, too. I can’t wait to use it in a game.”

Louisville Slugger’s Z-3000 is available in Balanced and End Load for USSSA at 26, 27, 28 and 30 oz. It’s also available in Balanced and End Load for ASA at 26, 27, 28 and 30 oz.

MSRP for the Louisville Slugger Z-3000 composite slow-pitch softball bat is $299.99. It is available through online retailers and at sporting goods stores.

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Louisville Slugger® is the Official Bat of Major League Baseball® and the #1 Bat in MLB®. It is synonymous with America’s pastime. Originating in 1884, Louisville Slugger bats have graced the hands of the greatest players in baseball and softball, including stars of today. Known for helping create history, Louisville Slugger continues to innovate and provide players the products and confidence they need to make new history every day.

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