THIS WEEK: Dakota State (18-19 overall record) looks to extend their winning streak as they head to Omaha, Neb. for a four-game series with Bellevue (Neb.) (23-12). The four-game series, as part of Bellevue IHOP Invitational, kicks off with a doubleheader on Friday and concludes on Saturday. Game starting time will be at 1 p.m. on both days. The doubleheader on each day will consist of nine-inning and seven-inning games. The series take place at Westgate Field in east Omaha area.
LAST MEETING: The last time Dakota State met Bellevue was on March 26, 2009 as they played a nine-inning game. The Trojans jumped to a 3-0 lead, but the Bruins scored 12 straight runs to defeat DSU 12-3. Both teams met in the Super Regionals' best-of-three series on May 15-16 in Omaha, Neb. Bellevue won the series by defeating DSU 6-1 and 12-1 to advance to the NAIA World Series.
ABOUT BELLEVUE: Bellevue, a member of the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference (MCAC), is currently 23-12 overall record and 7-1 in the MCAC. Duane Monlux is in his second year head coach of the Bruins. In his first year at Bellevue, Monlux's team captured the MCAC Tournament championship and advanced to the NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round.
TROJANS CONCLUES HOME STAND WITH SWEEP: Dakota State concluded their 12-game home stand with a sweep over in-state rival Mount Marty. The Trojans broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the sixth inning by Chaz Palmer's 2-RBI double combined with Anyelo Roman's complete game to earn a 3-1 game one victory. DSU exploded for seven runs in the second game en route to a 11-2 win to extend Trojans' winning streak to three games. Kyle Holland went 4-for-4 with two doubles and four RBIs. Max Garza added three hits for the Trojans. Drew Sweeter recorded his first pitching victory as he tossed six innings and gave up two runs on eight hits. Dakota State finished their home stand with a 7-5 record.
DSU SCHOOL RECORD BROKEN: Jason Hershfield broke a new DSU school record in the second game victory over Mayville State on April 1. He recorded his 11th home run to break the new DSU school record for most home runs in a single season. The previous old record of 10 home runs set by Josh Tiede in 2010 and Evan Hogan in 2003.
NATIONAL RANKINGS: According to DakStats-NAIA statistical website as of Thursday, April 5, Dakota State ranks 14th in the nation in home runs per game (0.9) and 48th in total stolen bases (63). Jason Hershfield ranks 7th in the nation in home runs with 11, 18th in total saves with five (5) and 33rd in batters struck out per nine innings (10.3). Seth Doxey ranks 13th in the nation in earns runs average (ERA) with 1.49 and 19th in total earned runs allowed (8). He is 32nd in the nation in total runs allowed with 13. Anyelo Roman ranks 17th in home runs with seven (8). Ryan Bourcier is 45th in the nation in total putouts (234) and 49th in total chances (252). Rays Roman ranks 49th in total stolen bases with 17.
DSU QUICK LEADERS: Anyelo Roman leads Dakota State in batting averageâ€”0.333 with 40 hits. Anyelo Roman records 34 RBIs (0.9 per game). Rays Roman swipes 17 bases for the Trojans this season. Seth Doxey leads the team in earned run average with 1.49 with eight earned runs in 48 1/3 innings. Hershfield averages 10.3 strikeouts per nine innings (48 total strikeouts). He leads the team with five saves. Chaz Palmer records two triples this year for DSU.
A.I.I. BASEBALL INDEPENDENT TOURNAMENT: The A.I.I. Baseball Independent Tournament will be hosted by Cal State-San Marcos on May 2-5. Besides host-team Cal State-San Marcos, five other teams will qualify to the independent tournament. The winner and runner-up of the independent tournament each will receive an automatic bid to the national tournament. Cal State-San Marcos is the defending A.I.I. Baseball champions where they defeated Houston-Victoria (Texas) 10-3 in the championship game. The NAIA Baseball Championship Opening Round Tournament is held on May 10-14 on nine different campus sites (selected by the NAIA). The Avista-NAIA World Series will be held in Lewiston, Idaho on May 25 to June 1.
LIVE COVERAGE: Bellevue will be providing the live stats and play-by-play in all four games this weekend. On Saturday, Bellevue will have both live stats and live audio available. The link for the live audio is http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/bellevue.portal#. The live stats and live coverage links also will be available on game day on www.dsuathletics.com under 'Live Games' tab above the 'Upcoming Events.'
STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Dakota State baseball and athletics all season long at www.twitter.com/DaSUAthletics.
UP NEXT: Dakota State continues their 12-game road stretch as they head to Yankton, S.D. for a doubleheader with Mount Marty. First game is set for 5 p.m. at Riverside Park.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director