THIS WEEK: Dakota State (15-16 overall record, 2-2 Association of Independent Institutions conference record) returns back to action this weekend as they continue their 12-game home stand. The Trojans welcome Mayville State (N.D.) (17-9 overall, 2-1 A.I.I. conference record) in a four-game A.I.I. conference series in Madison, S.D. The doubleheader is slated to start on Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.
LAST MEETING: The Trojans won the final game of the four-game series last season at Flynn Field on April 9 and 10, 2011. Mayville State swept DSU on April 9, 2011 by the scores of 16-5 and 7-6 in 10 innings. The Comets shut down the Trojans 6-0 in the first game on April 10, 2011. DSU bounced back to defeat Mayville State in second game 7-5 in a nine-inning game.
ABOUT MAYVILLE STATE: Scott Berry is in his 30th season as Mayville State baseball head coach. He compiled a career record of 826-478, which is the tenth-winningest coach in NAIA baseball. Since becoming the Comets head coach in 1982, Berry's teams have won 21 conference championships (17 consecutive), 18 conference playoff championships and 21 appearances in the national playoffs (19 of the last 21 years). Berry received the NAIA Robert E. Smith Achievement Award, which was presented to an NAIA coach or administrator who has demonstrated unselfish promotion of NAIA baseball. Mayville State is 2-1 against teams from A.I.I.â€”defeating Arizona Christian twice and losing once to the Firestorm. The Comets are currently on a 16-game road trip and swept Dakota Wesleyan in their last games 8-6 and 6-3 on March 28.
DSU 12-GAME HOME STAND: Dakota State started their 12-game home stand by recording a combined seven home runs to sweep their in-state rival Dakota Wesleyan on March 21. The Trojans recorded a 6-1 and 6-3 wins over the Tigers. DSU began their four-game series with a sweep over Jamestown (N.D.) to extend their winning streak to five games on March 24. The Trojans won a doubleheader over the Jimmies by the scores of 6-1 and 12-5. JC answered back by taking the doubleheader from DSU on March 25 by the scores of 3-2 and 18-6. Dakota State concludes their home stand with a four-game series with former DAC foe Mayville State on March 31 and April 1 at Flynn Field.
BOURCIER EARNS A.I.I. MALE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: For the second straight week, a student-athlete from Dakota State's baseball team was selected to Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) Male Athlete of the Week. Ryan Bouricer, a 6-foot-1 first baseman from Warren, Mich., paced the Trojans to a 4-2 week as he compiled a .500 batting average and a 1.000 slugging percentage. He went 8-for-16 at the plate with two doubles, two home runs (including a game-winning two-run home run in the first game March 21) and seven RBIs in a pair of wins over in-state rival Dakota Wesleyan on March 21 and a four-game series split with Jamestown (N.D.) on March 24 and 25.
NATIONAL RANKINGS: According to DakStats-NAIA statistical website as of Monday, March 26, Dakota State ranks 26th in the nation in home runs per game (0.8). Jason Hershfield ranks 14th in the nation in total saves with five (5), 30th in batters struck out per nine innings (10.4) and 46th in total home runs (6). Seth Doxey is 19th in the nation in earns runs average (ERA) with 1.31 and 18th in total earned runs allowed (6). He is 33rd in the nation in total runs allowed with 11. Anyelo Roman ranks 26th in home runs with seven (7).
DSU QUICK LEADERS: Anyleo Roman leads Dakota State in hits with 34 (batting averageâ€”0.343). He records 26 RBIs this season (0.8 per game). Rays Roman swipes 12 bases for the Trojans. Seth Doxey leads the team in earned run average with 1.31. Hershfield averages 10.4 strikeouts per nine innings (46 total strikeouts). He leads the team with five saves.
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 STATS: Live stats and play-by-play will be available in all Dakota State's home games. The live stats are 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 hosts their in-state rival Mount Marty in a make-up doubleheader on Tuesday, April 3. The Trojans conclude their 12-game home stand versus the Lancers at Flynn Field. First game of the doubleheader is slated to start at 5:30 p.m., followed by the second game in approximately 20-25 minutes after the completion of the first game.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director