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UW-Eau Claire moves into NCAA softball tournament finals

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will play Rhode Island College Friday afternoon in the NCAA Division 3 softball finals in Salem, Va.

A total of eight schools will square off for the national title in a double-elimination format.

Third-seeded UW-Eau Claire is 35-12 and has won 12 of its last 13 games.

Rhode Island is 41-5 with the No. 6 seed. Linfield of Oregon has the top seed.

This is UW-Eau Claire's third trip to the nationals. They finished fourth in both 1999 and 2000.