Dakota State University first-year baseball head coach Scott Hortness has announced the 2011 schedule. The Trojans have 49 games scheduled.
DSU will play 13 games against the teams that qualified to NAIA Baseball National Tournament Opening Round last season.
Dakota STate will play 19 of the 29 non-conference games against the teams in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC). The Trojans will open the season with a four-game series with Doane of the GPAC in Crete, Neb. on March 5-6.
The Trojans travel to Missouri and Iowa from March 8 to March 12 for their spring break trip. DSU will face on Park (Mo.), William Jewell (Mo.), Missouri Valley, Central Methodist (Mo.), Graceland (Iowa) and Mount Mercy (Iowa).
DSU's season home opener will be on St. Patrick's Day on March 17. The Trojans will welcome their in-state rival Dakota Wesleyan in a doubleheader at the Flynn Field, starting at 1 p.m.
Dakota State hosts St. Cloud State, 2010 Super Regional NCAA Division II runner-up and coached by former DSU head coach Pat Dolan, on March 25 to 27. The Trojans and Huskies will play a nine-inning game on each day.
The Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC) baseball opening weekend starts on the weekend of April 2-3. The Trojans travel to Valley City, N.D. to take on Valley City State in a four-game series.
The Trojans play their final six games at home, starting on April 25 versus Mount Marty in a doubleheader. DSU concludes the regular season against Jamestown in a DAC four-game series on April 30 and May 1.
The DAC Baseball Postseason Tournament will be held in Dickinson, N.D. from May 4-8. The NAIA Baseball National Tournament Opening Round will be held on May 16-19. The selected sites for the opening rounds will be announced on a later date.
The Avista-NAIA World Series will be held on May 26-June 2 in Lewiston, Idaho.
Below is the complete 2011 Trojan baseball schedule:
|Saturday||March 5||Doane (DH)||12:30 p.m./3 p.m.||Crete, Neb.|
|Sunday||March 6||Doane (DH)||12:30 p.m./3 p.m.||Crete, Neb.|
|Tuesday||March 8||Park (Mo.) (DH)||1 p.m./3:30 p.m.||Kansas City, Mo.|
|Wednesday||March 9||William Jewell (Mo.) (9 innings)||2 p.m.||Kansas City, Mo.|
|Thursday||March 10||Missouri Valley (Mo.) (9 innings)||TBD||Marshall, Mo.|
|Thursday||March 10||Central Methodist (Mo.) (9 innings)||TBD||Fayette, Mo.|
|Saturday||March 12||Graceland (Iowa) (7 innings)||11:30 a.m.||Lamoni, Iowa|
|Saturday||March 12||Mount Mercy (Iowa) (7 innings)||2 p.m.||Lamoni, Iowa|
|Thursday||March 17||Dakota Wesleyan (DH)||1 p.m./3:30 p.m.||Madison, S.D.|
|Saturday||March 19||Hastings (DH)||TBD||Hastings, Neb.|
|Sunday||March 19||Hastings (DH)||TBD||Hastings, Neb.|
|Friday||March 25||St. Cloud State (9 innings)||4 p.m.||Madison, S.D.|
|Saturday||March 26||St. Cloud State (9 innings)||1 p.m.||Madison, S.D.|
|Sunday||March 27||St. Cloud State (9 innings)||1 p.m.||Madison, S.D.|
|Tuesday||March 29||Mount Marty (DH)||3 p.m./5:30 p.m.||Yankton, S.D.|
|Saturday||April 2||Valley City State* (DH)||1 p.m./4 p.m.||Valley City, N.D.|
|Sunday||April 3||Valley City State* (DH)||1 p.m./4 p.m.||Valley City, N.D.|
|Wednesday||April 6||Briar Cliff (DH)||3 p.m./5:30 p.m.||Madison, S.D.|
|Saturday||April 9||Mayville State* (DH)||1 p.m./4 p.m.||Madison, S.D.|
|Sunday||April 10||Mayville State* (DH)||1 p.m./4 p.m.||Madison, S.D.|
|Tuesday||April 12||Midland (DH)||4:30 p.m./7 p.m.||Fremont, Neb.|
|Saturday||April 16||Minot State* (DH)||1 p.m./4 p.m.||Minot, N.D.|
|Sunday||April 17||Minot State* (DH)||1 p.m./4 p.m.||Minot, N.D.|
|Tuesday||April 19||Dakota Wesleyan (9 innings)||5 p.m.||Mitchell, S.D.|
|Friday||April 22||Dickinson State* (DH)||2 p.m./5 p.m.||Dickinson, N.D.|
|Saturday||April 23||Dickinson State* (DH)||2 p.m./5 p.m.||Dickinson, N.D.|
|Monday||April 25||Mount Marty (DH)||3 p.m./5:30 p.m.||Madison, S.D.|
|Saturday||April 30||Jamestown* (DH)||1 p.m./4 p.m.||Madison, S.D.|
|Sunday||May 1||Jamestown* (DH)||1 p.m./4 p.m.||Madison, S.D.|
|Wed. to Sun.||May 4-8||DAC Postseason Tournament||TBD||Dickinson, N.D.|
|Mon. to Thurs.||May 16-19||NAIA Baseball National Tournament Opening Round||TBD||Selected sites by NAIA|
|May 26-June 2||Avista-NAIA World Series||TBD||Lewiston, Idaho|
|*DAC Conference Game|
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director