March 18, 2002 11:00 pm

Eastern Oregon Universitys softball team will be playing among pineapples and under palm trees later this month.

The team is heading to Hawaii March 24-27 for a spring break tournament.

Most athletic programs across the country try to do similar trips in order to compete in recruiting, provide a memorable experience for their teams, and even create vacation opportunities for parents and boosters, Eastern athletic director Rob Cashell said.

Eastern (3-3) will play Hawaii Pacific University (10-6), Brigham Young University-Hawaii (7-10) and Chaminade University (12-10).

EOU softball coach Anji Weissenfluh said the team is looking forward to the experience.

The girls have worked very hard through fund-raisers or with their own money to make this trip happen, Weissenfluh said.