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Sunday State Sports Briefs: UW softball eliminated from NCAA Tourney

EUGENE, Ore. - The best softball season in the history for the University of Wisconsin-Madison has finally come to a close. Pitcher Cassandra Darraha only gave up three hits, but two of them were home runs as No. 3 ranked Oregon knocked the No. 25 ranked Badgers out of the NCAA tournament, 3-0.

Two Oregon pitchers combined to shut out Wisconsin on four hits. The Badgers end the season with a record of 44-13 and won twice yesterday over Brigham Young and North Carolina to keep playing in the double-elimination tournament.

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For the first time in 25 years, the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh is conducting a nationwide search for a head baseball coach. Tom Lechnir's contract isn't being renewed. Although Lechnir has 728 Titan victories on his resume, and had been a player, an assistant and then head coach for 34 years, he isn't coming back. He led the Titans to a national title in 1994 and claimed 12 WIAC championships. But, the UW-Oshkosh had won just two conference titles in the last 14 seasons.

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SCORES

MIDWEST LEAGUE BASEBALL

Beloit 5, Quad Cities 3

Burlington 6, Wisconsin 5

Clinton 10, Peoria 7

Dayton 6, South Bend 3

Dayton 3, South Bend 1

Kane County 4, Cedar Rapids 0

Lake County 3, Fort Wayne 2

Lansing 9, Great Lakes 2

West Michigan 8, Bowling Green 1

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COLLEGE BASEBALL

--NCAA Division III at Whitewater

UW-Stevens Point 1, Case Western 0 (UW-Stevens Point wins regional title)

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COLLEGE SOFTBALL

--NCAA Division I

Oregon 3, Wisconsin 0 (Oregon wins regional title)

--NCAA Division III Nationals at Eau Claire

Salisbury 2, Anderson (Ind) 0

SUNY Courtland 9, Luther 1

UT-Tyler (Tex) 5, Central (Iowa) 4

Tufts 3, Montclair State 1

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