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Golden Eagle Softball Travels to Pensacola, Fla. For UWF Spring Fling
March 10, 2009

Contact: Mitch Bakken- Sports Information Director (218) 281-8414


(Crookston, Minn.) – The University of Minnesota, Crookston Softball team heads to Pensacola, Fla. on Thursday, March 12 to take part in the University of West Florida (UWF) Spring Fling. The Golden Eagles play five double-headers (10 games) at the UWF Spring Fling.
 
Minnesota, Crookston will have two practices on Saturday, March 14 and open play on Sunday, March 15 against Central Methodist University (Fayette, Mo.) (7-0) at 1 p.m. The Golden Eagles return to the field on Monday, March 16 to play Arkansas-Monticello (16-1) at 5 p.m. On Tuesday, March 17 UMC takes on Ohio-Dominican (1-3) at 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 18 Minnesota, Crookston will have a practice/rest day before preparing for the final four games. Thursday, March 19 slates the Golden Eagles against the Lions of Freed Hardeman University (Tenn.) (7-3) at 9 a.m. The week is rounded out when UMC plays host University of West Florida (16-3) at 1 p.m. All games will be played at the UWF Softball Complex except for the game with Free-Hardeman which will be held at Exchange Park in Pensacola.
 
“We have our work cut out for us down at the UWF Spring Fling, not necessarily in ability as I haven’t seen the other teams play, but in terms of live swings and game situations,” says Coach Bakken. “We have worked on game situations and have done some controlled scrimmages in the gym so I think we will be able to adjust to the field rather quickly. Our hitters have seen several weeks of live pitching and I think our biggest challenge will be getting our pitchers game-ready in the different climate and on dirt for the first time this season. The team has worked extremely hard this season and is looking forward to the challenge and having a successful week,” Bakken adds.
 
The Golden Eagles open NSIC play on March 28-29 at Augustana College and Wayne State. First-pitch is set for 1 p.m. in Sioux Falls, S.D. and noon in Wayne, Neb. UMC’s home opener is schedule for April 4-5 against Concordia-St. Paul and St. Cloud State. Those games are scheduled for 1 p.m. against CSP and noon against SCSU at the UMC Softball Field.
 
For more information, visit the Golden Eagle Athletics website at www.goldeneaglesports.com.
 
The University of Minnesota, Crookston is a NCAA Division II Institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC). Golden Eagle Hockey is a member of the Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association (MCHA). The Golden Eagle Equestrian team is a member of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA).