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Michigan's 2005 WCWS win leaves lasting impression

Michigan's 2005 Women's College World Series win gave hope to softball players east of the Mississippi.

Updated: June 5, 2006, 9:04 PM ET
By Mary Buckheit | ESPN.com

In an era in which expansion teams frequent the World Series, mid-major George Mason makes a run to the Final Four, U.S. soccer contends with international powerhouses, lacrosse spreads west and a club from Carolina heads to the Stanley Cup finals, there really isn't too much that should surprise us in sports. But I can't help but stand in awe as the great wall crumbles in college softball.

The Tennessee Lady Vols defeated tournament favorite and No. 1 seed UCLA 4-3 on Thursday night, ...

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