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Published February 11, 2011, 09:25 PM

Sign of Spring: UND Baseball Players Sling Some Shovels

Typically, when the Fighting Sioux baseball team plays its first game, it's also their first time playing under the open sky. But this off-season, the team had a new artificial turf installed in hopes of gaining an early start to the season.

Typically, when the Fighting Sioux baseball team plays its first game, it's also their first time playing under the open sky. But this off-season, the team had a new artificial turf installed in hopes of gaining an early start to the season.

How early are they starting, you ask? How about this weekend?

The Sioux players cleared off a big chunk of the infield, so the team can do some infield drills starting Saturday.

Senior pitcher David Spies of Grand Forks says, "This is kind of what you expect when you sing up to play baseball at the University of North Dakota. It's just something that has to get done."

The players say it's a little different this year because of the new turf.

Coon Rapids native Brandon Baumgartner explains, "In past years, you shovel it off and there's frozen grass. It's nice to see actual turf that we will be able to practice on in a couple of days."

This season, they hope an early trip on the field means success late in the season.

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