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Release: 03/11/2008
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Cats Play Home Series with New Mexico

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Up Next: ? No. 8 Arizona plays a three-game series against? New Mexico to close a three-week home slate Friday through Sunday (March 14-16) at Hillenbrand Stadium. UA then will visit UTEP next mid week and continue a road swing with a stop at the Garman Classic in Fullerton, Calif.? UA looks to rebound from a loss Saturday to Creighton that snapped a 13-game winning streak.

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Friday, March 14 ?C ? New Mexico , 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 15 ?C New Mexico, 7 p.m.

Sunday, March 16 ?C New Mexico, 12 noon

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Possible Arizona Lineup:

Brittany Lastrapes ?C lf

Kˇ?Lee Arredondo ?C ss

Sam Banister ?C 1b/dp

Jenae Leles ?C 3b

Stacie Chambers ?C dp/c

Callista Balko-c/dp or Laine Roth 1b

Victoria Kemp or Sarah Akamine ?C 2b

Lauren Schutzler-cf or Cyndi Duran?Crf

Adrienne Acton ?C rf/cf

Taryne Mowatt/Lindsey Sisk/Sarah Akamine - p

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Noting the Lobos: ? New Mexico (13-5) comes to Tucson on a nine-game winning streak after winning its UNM Classic last weekend in Albuquerque. The Lobos beat Georgetown 5-4 and Wright State 8-4 in their final two games Saturday. UNM has been led by redshirt freshman outfielder Gabriela Parra through its first 18 games with a .434 batting averageˇ? Sophomore utility player Sara Loeffelholz has six home runs, while Parra has a team-high 19 RBIˇ? Senior pitcher Klly Ninemire touts an 8-2 record in the circle with a 1.57 ERA and 54 Ks in 58 innings pitchedˇ? The Lobos swept a three-game series against Oklahoma State early this month and played Washington to a 3-2 loss in Albuquerque Feb. 23ˇ? The Lobos have another .400 hitter in their lineup, senior first baseman Lindsey Elcess (.408)ˇ?

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Last Week: ? Arizona pounded the ball for four games, then appeared in a daze for a fifth, emerging with a 4-1 mark at home in the Wildcat Invitational, really a three-game series against Creighton and a two-game visit by La Salle. The Cats beat Creighton 6-0 behind Taryne Mowattˇ?s 2-hit pitching; smacked six home runs ?C three in one inning, a 10-run seventh ?C in whipping La Salle 18-2; continued the long ball style with? a five-inning 15-1 victory over Creighton; socked four more home runs as Lindsey Sisk had her first no hitter against La Salle in a 16-0 romp; and then deflated as Creightonˇ?s Tara Oltman spun a three-hitter and the Bluejays won, 2-1. The Cats improved their batting average from .310 to .326 in the five gamesˇ? UA hit 15 home runs in the five games to tie the 2001 UA clubˇ?s school mark for most in a tourneyˇ? Arizona outscored the opposition 56-5 in the five games, with a total of 52 hitsˇ? Callista Balko had a hitting streak snapped Saturday ?C a six-game home run hitting streak. She had five and drove in 12 runs in the five Invitational gamesˇ?

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Track the Cats: ?Free GameTracker live stats sponsored by Tucson Electric Power, are provided for all home games and many road games (depending on Internet access) via arizonaathletics.com.? Many road opponents provide the service through their web sites as well. All-Access video streaming of home games also is available through UAˇ?s web site. A number of games will be broadcast by UA partner IMG Sports and KCUB 1290 AM Radio.

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Arizona Head Coach Mike Candrea: ? Mike Candrea is in his 23rd season at the helm of the Arizona softball program.? He boasts a 1,131-228-2 (.832) record in 21 seasons in the dugout.? This year, he is taking an eight-month partial leave of absence from January onward to serve as head coach for the U.S. Womenˇ?s National Team.? He poured it on his collegiate club with a 16-0 pasting at Hillenbrand Stadium Feb. 19. Candrea has earned 19 coach-of-the-year honors, including 10 Pac-10 Coach of the Year citations.? Last year, the Pac-10 tabbed Candrea as its coach of the year, and the NFCA named Candrea and his assistants its national staff of the year.? Similar to this season, Candrea took a leave of absence in 2004 to coach the USA Olympic softball team to a 9-0 record and a gold medal in Athens.? Candrea also was awarded the Olympic Shield award, the U.S. Olympic Committeeˇ?s most prestigious award, marking the first time in history the award was given to an Olympic coach.? He has led Arizona to eight national championships, 10 Pac-10 titles and is one of just five Division I coaches to have won over 1,100 career games. Despite his leave of absence he will be on hand periodically to infuse the leadership that has taken the UA softball program to the top of the game. He crossed paths at tournaments in Tempe and Palm Springs, for example, already and was in Tucson for games last week ?C of about 17 games heˇ?ll witness home and away.

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Interim Head Coach Larry Ray: With head coach Mike Candrea on leave, 17-year assistant coach Larry Ray has taken the reins of the Arizona softball program and assumes the historical record in 2008..? Ray has a 239-117 (.671) career record as a head coach, and five NCAA Championships as an assistant.? Ray possesses a powerful combination of head coaching experience and familiarity with Arizona softball.? Ray spent five years as Floridaˇ?s first head coach, and in 1998 he was named the SEC Coach of the Year after leading the Gators to an SEC Eastern Division title and a trip to the NCAA Regional Championships.? He returned to Arizona in 2002, and in 2004 he led the Wildcats to a 55-6 record and a Pacific-10 Championship. Ray is assisted by Dave Feinberg and volunteer pitching coach Gale Bundrick.

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Bombs Away: ?UA has 39 home runs in its 20 games, a 1.95 per-game clip that would represent a national lead at the end of most years. But the schedule doesnˇ?t get easier. The Catsˇ? juggernaut team in 2001 hit 126 for the NCAA-record of 1.83. UA hit 100 only one other time, also to lead the country in total round-trippers. Whatˇ?s good for UA this year is that 12 different players have chimed in. Callista Balkoˇ?s weekend (5 jacks in 5 games) puts her at the top with eight, Jenae Leles has six, Kˇ?Lee Arredondo has five, and three players have four (Kemp, Chambers, Roth). Balko and Arredondo have grand slams. Balko, Stacie Chambers, Leles and Kemp each have two in a game. Balko hit two in one inning vs. La Salle, when pinch-hitter Corinna Gonzalez also joined in to make it three in one frameˇ? Arizona has 18 two-out homers this yearˇ? UA has inning leadoff homers by Brittany Lastrapes (2), Chambers and Sarah Akamineˇ?Corinna Gonzalez got her first career hit against La Salle March 7 ?C a pinch-hit three-run bombˇ? Balko a

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HRBIs : Hereˇ?s a new statistics category. The Cats have driven in 75 runs this year with home runs alone. Not too bad to pick up 3.75 runs per game with the real long ball.

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Slap or Spray :? Freshman leadoff hitter Brittany Lastrapesˇ? game is a bit more strapping than her predecessorˇ?s (Caitlin Lowe). She touts a .603 slugging percentage, thanks to a pair of home runs, a triple and team-high seven doubles. Lowe would single and steal; Brit just hits her way to second or beyond. A total of 23 runs in 20 games shows she can get on base and score, if not yet at a Caitlinesque rate.

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Streaking : Third baseman Jenae Leles (.375) has the best current hitting streak, six games. DP/catcher Stacie Chambers saw her team-best 12-game streak snapped last weekendˇ? Substitute Jessica McNamara checks in next with a 3-game hitting streak, two of those pinch-hitsˇ? Lindsey Sisk has an 8-game winning streak in the circleˇ?

No-Hitters: ?Freshman Lindsey Sisk tossed her first career no-hitter against La Salle March 8, a five-inning effort backed by a bundle of offense. It was the second of the year for Arizona.? The no-hitter thrown by Taryne Mowatt (4 IP) and Sarah Akamine (1) in the 5-inning game against South Florida Feb. 29 was Arizonaˇ?s first shared no-no since Alicia Hollowell (4) and Wendy Allen (1) did it in five innings April 23, 2004 against Oregon State. Siskˇ?s was the 78th no-hitter in school history.

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Help from the Bats : With one exception, Taryne Mowattˇ?s four losses in the pitching circle have one thing in common: Arizona failed to score much. The Cats put up five runs in the season opener but lost 8-5 to No. 6 Northwestern; UA lost 4-0 to Nevada; San Diego State topped UA 7-1, and Creighton pinned a 2-1 loss on her March 8. Mowatt has pitched 76 innings in nine starts and been supported by 76 total runs by her mates; Lindsey Sisk has pitched 50 innings in 10 starts and been backed by 103 runs in those contests. Mowatt, of course, has started against the Northwesterns, A&Ms and Virginia Techs on the schedule.

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K List : Mowatt struck out 43 batters in 28 innings pitched the last two weeks, giving her 117 for the year and moving her closer to the 1,000 strikeout plateau above which only Alicia Hollowell (1,768 from 2003-06) and Jennie Finch (1,028 from 1999-2001) sit in UAˇ?s record book. Mowatt has 971, No. 3 on that chart. Sheˇ?s no. 7 in UA history with 77 victories (77-22). Her 42 victories as a junior in 2007 are a UA single-season record, as were her 370 innings pitched and 522 Ks. Along with the 20 sit-downs against No. 24 Virginia Tech she has five other double-digit strikeout games this year. Mowatt is No. 11 in NCAA career strikeout ratio, at 10.2 per 7 inningsˇ?

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Keeping it in the Yard: ?While UAˇ?s bats are clubbing balls out of the yard with regularity, its pitchers are doing just the opposite.? After setting a program record for most home runs allowed in a year in 2007 with 39, the Wildcat pitching staff has allowed just four home runs on the year and only two in the past 19 games.? The 39-4 edge in home runs UA enjoys has helped it build a 160-36 scoring edge to date. Thatˇ?s an average score of 8-2.

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WILD NOTES ˇ? Sophomore Sarah Akamine had her first 2008 start last week after 12 as a freshman. She won, with late-inning relief from Taryne Mowattˇ?. Her first appearance before that was a relief stint Feb. 29, combining with Mowatt for a no-hitter by setting down the side in order in the fifthˇ? Freshman pitcher Lindsey Siskˇ?s 8-1 record matches Mowattˇ?s 8-1 freshman year, and itˇ?s clear sheˇ?ll get more opportunities than Taryne did behind Alicia Hollowell in 2005ˇ? Leadoff hitter Brittany Lastrapes has kept up the scoring, with 1.2 runs per games through the first 20 contests. Nearly matching that is cleanup or third-hole hitter Jenae Leles with 1.0 rpgˇ? The Cats could make a run at the school record of 20 triples in a year (3 times, last in ˇ?98). Arizona has six by six different playersˇ?? Two-hole batter Kˇ?Lee Arredondoˇ?s five home runs compares to her freshman-year total of three last season. She and Callista Balko hit grand slams last weekend, both against La Salle in a 16-0 rompˇ? Coach Larry Ray is using senior Adrienne Acton and Cyndi Duran in right field and usually populating the key lefty nine-hole spot in the batting order. Actonˇ?s hitting .300 and Duran .292, providing a combined 14 runs scored at the bottom of the orderˇ?. Balko set an Arizona career record for putouts last week, thanks mostly to catching all of Taryne Mowattˇ?s school-record 522 strikeouts a year ago. Balko has 1,823 putouts, passing former catcher Mackenzie Vandergeest, who worked with Jennie Finch and Hollowell to compile 1,812 POˇ?? Arizona is 13-0 on the year when scoring in the first inning and did it in four of five games last week. In those four games the combined score after the first inning was 17-0, making Arizona 32-1 in first innings for the past 10 games (9-1)ˇ?? Arizona continues to have more homers than stolen bases, an occurrence thatˇ?s happened only five times in its history ?C 1994 (93 HR/78 SB), 1995 (100/74), 2001 (126/83), 2002 (93/32) and 2003 (70/43). The common denominator in those figures is a lot of home runs, not a dearth of stolen bases. During the (Caitlin) Lowe years from 2004-07 UA had more stolen bases than homersˇ? Freshman Lauren Schutzler has quietly assumed the team lead in hitting, at. 417, in 15 games played normally hitting eighth in the batting order....

Pine Patrol: Arizonaˇ?s bench has been used a lot in recent weeks thanks to some lopsided games. The reserves have not disappointed, and do not waste their moments like itˇ?s garbage time. Towhit: Jill Malina had her first career hit, a pinch-hit job, against La Salle on March 8; Daniel Rodriguez had a hit against Creighton a day earlier; Corinna Gonzalez had a pinch-hit homer to drive in three runs against La Salle March 7; Jessica McNamara went 3-for-6 in off-the-bench duty over the weekend. Sarah Akamine, the erstwhile second baseman/DP type hitter, had a start and victory as the No. 3 pitcher. Last year Arizona had 13 players with plate appearances; this year so far ?C 16 players with hits. A step further: every position player on UAˇ?s club has scored a run.

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Turnstiles Turning ?C Again:? ?Including the twin exhibition dates against Teams USA and Canada as paying dates, UA already has drawn 12,979 for eight home dates. Thatˇ?s an average of 1,622.? In Division I games only Arizona has drawn 8,709 in six gates, for a 1,452 average. For the second consecutive year in 2007, the Wildcats led the nation in home attendance with an average crowd of 1,534 per date and a total of 44,487 fans.? Hillenbrand Stadium nears 500,000 fans in cumulative attendance dating back to 1993.? Entering the season, Hillenbrandˇ?s aggregate attendance figure stands at 477,083.? With 1,845 season ticket holders, the goal of a half million fans is in sight. Marketing specialists added ˇ®Candreaˇ?s Cornerˇ? status to the outfield seats and boosted season-ticket sales in that section of the yard. ? Call (520) 621-CATS or log on to arizonaathletics.com for ticket information.

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Game of Percentages : UA pushed its team batting average up a couple of? percentage points to .326, it highest point to date, after the weekend of 52 hits in the Wildcat Invitational.? As a matter of comparison, the Wildcats have hit .320 or better 10 times in 26 years of NCAA Division I play.? No question that infectious group hitting helps. Arizona has nine or more hits in 11 games and won each of those contests.

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Slow Start: ? ?Arizonaˇ?s 0-3 start this year was its worst since Mike Candreaˇ?s 1989 team opened 0-2 in a doubleheader against Oregon in Pac-10 play to open the year. His 1987 team also matched the 0-3 start. ? UAˇ?s three-game skid was its first since dropping three in a row April 8-14, 2006, against UCLA (twice) and at Arizona State, in a season when UA later won the NCAA Championship.

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Defending the Title: ?Arizona has experienced exceptional success in years following a national title.? The Wildcats have appeared in the national title game after every one of their national championships and average 60-7 record in those seven campaigns.?

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Arizona Softball in Historical Perspective : Arizona began play in 1974 and sports an all-time record of 1,451 - 416-2. NCAA Division I Softball play began in 1982 and Arizona is 1,277 - 315 since. The Cats are 355-98-1 in Pac-10 play, which began in 1987.? UA has appeared in 21 NCAA Championships, has won the Womenˇ?s College World Series eight times in 19 trips, and has secured 10 Pac-10 titles.

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The Rankings: ?Arizona has been ranked No. 1 in the country for at least part of the year every season since 1991.? This year is no different, as the Wildcats have been tabbed the preseason No. 1 team in the country both by the NFCA/USA Today and USA Softball/ESPN.com polls. This week UA is No. 7 in the oldest poll, the NFCAˇ?s, and 10th in the USA Softball poll.

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USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year ˇ?Watch List:ˇ±? ?For the second consecutive year Arizona senior pitcher Taryne Mowatt and senior catcher Callista Balko were named to the exclusive 50-name preseason list.? Arizona is scheduled to face 25 of the highly-touted players.

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More ?Red, White and Blue: This spring, fans across the country can see former Wildcat greats Jennie Finch, Lovie Jung, Alicia Hollowell and Caitlin Lowe suit up for the U.S. Womenˇ?s National Team as it prepares for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing.? The defending gold medalists made up of 18 of the nationˇ?s best players are led by UA head coach Mike Candrea and will play 60 games in over 40 cities in the coming months. Current Wildcats Kˇ?Lee Arredondo, Brittany Lastrapes and Lindsey Sisk played for the U.S. Junior Womenˇ?s National Team this past year, and Lastrapes was named the MVP of the ISF Junior Womenˇ?s World Championships in the Netherlands.

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Wildcat Signees: ?The Arizona coaching staff signed three high school seniors to National Letters of Intent during the November early signing period.? Kristen Arriola (INF, Pacifica High School, Garden Grove, Calif.), Perelini Koria (C, San Pedro High School, Gardena, Calif.) and Karissa Buchanan (OF, Sabino High School Tucson, Ariz.) are expected to enroll next fall.

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Records Watch

Here are some Arizona career records categories involving current players

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Career Pitching Victories

1. Alicia Hollowell??????????????? 134-23?? 2003-06

2. Nancy Evans??? 124-8???? 1994-98

3. Jennie Finch??? 119-16?? 1999-02

4. Carrie Dolan??? 103-13?? 1994-97

5. Becky Lemke?? 103-19?? 1998-01

6. Susie Para?????? 101-19?? 1991-94

7.? Taryne Mowatt??????????????? 75-21?????? 2005-08

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Career Pitching Strikeouts

1. Alicia Hollowell??????? 1768

2. Jennie Finch??????????? 1028

3. Taryne Mowatt??????? 971

4. Becky Lemke?????????? 916

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Innings Pitched ?C Career

1. Alicia Hollowell??? 1122.0?? 2003-06

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6. Carrie Dolan??????? 755.1????? 1994-97

7. Teresa Cherry????? 730.1????? 1985-88

8. Taryne Mowatt??? 668.1????? 2005-08

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Career Shutouts

1. Alicia Hollowell??????????? 81/8

2.Jennie Finch???????????????? 64/7

3. Susie Parra????????????????? 61/1

4. Nancy Evans??????????????? 53/2

5. Becky Lemke?????????????? 44/9

6. Taryne Mowatt??????????? 32/4

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Career Putouts

1. Callista Balko-c????????????????????? 1824?????? 2005-08

2. Mackenzie Vandergeest-c???? 1812?????? 2001-04

3. Amy Chellevold-1b????????????????? 1718?????? 1992-95

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2008 Individual Game Highs

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Batting

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AB:????????????????????? 6????? Lastrapes, B. vs UMass (Feb 23, 2008)

??????????????????????????? 6????? Lastrapes, B. vs Virginia Tech (Mar 01, 2008)

R:???????????????????????? 3????? (7 games )

H:???????????????????????? 3????? (7 games )

RBI:????????????????????? 5????? Chambers, Stacie vs LSU (Feb 24, 2008)

Doubles:????????????? 2????? Balko, Callista vs UMass (Feb 23, 2008)

??????????????????????????? 2????? Banister, Sam vs Long Island (Feb 23, 2008)

Triples:??????????????? 1????? (6 games )

Home runs:????????? 2????? (4 games )

Total bases:??????? 10??? Balko, Callista vs La Salle (Mar 07, 2008

Walks:???????????????? 3????? Arredondo, K'Lee vs New Mexico State (Mar 02

Strikeouts:?????????? 4????? (4 games )

Sac hits:????????????? 2????? Banister, Sam vs Nevada (Feb 17, 2008)

??????????????????????????? 2????? Banister, Sam vs Virginia Tech (Mar 01, 2008)

Sac flies:???????????? 1????? Arredondo, K'Lee vs Southern Utah (Feb 17)

??????????????????????????? 1????? Banister, Sam vs Southern Utah (Feb 17, 2008)

??????????????????????????? 1????? Acton, Adrienne vs La Salle (Mar 07, 2008)

Stolen bases:????? 1????? (21 games )

Hit by pitch:???????? 2????? Leles, Jenae vs Virginia Tech (Mar 01, 2008)

Fielding

Putouts:?????????????? 20??? Balko, Callista vs Virginia Tech (Mar 01, 2008)

Assists:?????????????? 6????? Leles, Jenae vs UMass (Feb 23, 2008)

??????????????????????????? 6????? Leles, Jenae vs Iowa State (Feb 29, 2008)

Errors:???????????????? 1????? (15 games )

Passed balls:?????? 1????? (4 games )

Pitching

Innings pitched:?? 13??? Mowatt, Taryne vs UMass (Feb 23, 2008)

Runs allowed:???? 8????? Mowatt, Taryne vs Northwestern (Feb 16, 2008)

Earned runs:?????? 8????? Mowatt, Taryne vs Northwestern (Feb 16, 2008)

Walks allowed:??? 9????? Mowatt, Taryne vs UMass (Feb 23, 2008)

Strikeouts:?????????? 20??? Mowatt, Taryne vs Virginia Tech (Mar 01, 2008)

Hits allowed:?????? 12??? Mowatt, Taryne vs Northwestern (Feb 16, 2008)

Homers allowed:?2????? Mowatt, Taryne vs Northwestern (Feb 16, 2008)

Wild pitches:??????? 2????? Sisk, Lindsey vs Texas A&M (Feb 16, 2008)

Hit batters:?????????? 2????? Mowatt, Taryne vs LSU (Feb 24, 2008)

??????????????????????????? 2????? Mowatt, Taryne vs Virginia Tech (Mar 01, 2008)

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